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Supreme Court blocks family's lawsuit in cross-border shooting of Mexican teen

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the family of a Mexican boy, shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent in Texas, does not have the right to file suit in U.S. courts. The decision likely dooms a similar lawsuit filed in Arizona by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was shot and killed that same year in Nogales, Sonora.... Read more»

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Supreme Court reviews whether Border Patrol can be sued in shooting deaths of Mexican teens

Supreme Court justices appeared split Tuesday on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.... Read more»

'Dirtbag,' 'Savages,' 'Subhuman': A BP agent's hateful career & the crime that ended it

Border Patrol Agent Matthew Bowen had been investigated for years before he used his 4,000-pound truck to assault a fleeing migrant.... Read more»

Nogales cross-border shooting lawsuit likely to turn on ruling in Texas case

Two federal circuit courts reached different conclusions over the right of foreign nationals on foreign soil to sue the U.S. government over civil rights violations. Now the Supreme Court will settle the issue.... Read more»

Supreme Court will review Texas cross-border shooting; Nogales case hangs in balance

The outcome of a lawsuit filed by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales, hinges on a similar court case from Texas that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. ... Read more»

BP agent, facing assault charge, called people on border 'savages' and 'subhuman'

A Nogales Border Patrol agent — accused of running down a Guatemalan man and then lying about it — called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh*t," and repeatedly used a racial epithet for border crossers in text messages, court documents say. ... Read more»

Commentary

What it takes: Reporting on the trials of a BP agent charged with murder, manslaughter

A journalist's experience: Reporting on the prosecution of the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully shooting and killing a 16-year-old Mexican boy required time and a lot of notebooks. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Time for CBP to bring citizen review into use of force rules

BP's Lonnie Swartz may not have broken the law but that doesn't mean he properly used deadly force. It's time for CBP to loop citizens into deciding when using it is justified. The people, in fact, should demand that right because it's theirs and theirs alone.... Read more»

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Feds won't pursue 3rd trial of BP agent in cross-border shooting

Federal prosecutors said they cannot file new charges against Lonnie Swartz, ending the case against the BP agent who once faced a second-degree murder trial, and then manslaughter charges, for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting in 2012.... Read more»

Update: Swartz found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Border Patrol shooting case

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial in a cross-border shooting, found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday. Jurors did not reach a verdict on a voluntary manslaughter charge.... Read more»1

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury after closing arguments

Jurors began deliberating Friday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for manslaughter for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago in Nogales.... Read more»

Defense attacks evidence against BP agent as Swartz case draws to close

Over the last two days, Lonnie Swartz's defense team assembled a trio of experts to challenge major parts of the prosecution's case against the Border Patrol agent, who faces manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting of a Mexican teenager.... Read more»

Swartz trial: BP agent testifies he shot teen to 'protect' himself, officers from thrown rocks

Facing federal manslaughter charges, BP Agent Lonnie Swartz testified he was defending himself and fellow law enforcement when he fired 16 rounds through the border fence into Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy in 2012.... Read more»

Swartz trial: FBI informant said Jose Antonio given rocks to throw at agents

In a statement read to the court, an FBI informant from Nogales, Sonora, told investigators he spoke with two men just after the shooting of a Mexican teenager, who said Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was given rocks to throw at Border Patrol agents.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Prosecutors wrap up, defense case begins

As prosecutors wrap up, the defense opens with their own forensic pathologist to dispute the findings of Dr. Emma Lew, who said on Monday that while mortally wounded, Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was still alive before he was shot in the head by a Border Patrol agent six years ago. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Boy mortally wounded but alive when BP agent shot him in head, says expert

A forensic pathologist, testifying for the prosecution in the manslaughter trial of BP Agent Lonnie Swartz, said that 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was still moving and on the ground when he was shot in the head.... Read more»

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