Motion Hearing in Nogales Border Shooter Retrial: Fairness Questioned

Picture of images of burning candles that were painted onto the border wall in Nogales

A federal court convened again over the cross-border shooting death of Jose Antonio Rodriguez by Border Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz. The hearing was held in Tucson on Monday morning, August 13, 2018. Both sides presented motions to be ruled on by Judge Raner Collins. Defense wants the two charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter dismissed–which …

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Reporter’s Notebook: US Agent on Trial for Nogales Cross-Border Shooting

An anonymous graffiti artist painted Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in a bulletproof vest near the spot in Nogales, Sonora, where he died

[A series of reports giving updates and details about the ongoing court trial of Border Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz for his shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in Nogales in 2012 — Eds.] 4/24/18 Statements from three stakeholders seeking justice for the Elena Rodriguez family The faculty and staff of the Center for Latin …

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DEATH ON THE LINE: Supreme Court Kicks 4th Amendment Cross-Border Shooting Decision Back to Appeals Court (Commentary)

An anonymous graffiti artist painted Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in a bulletproof vest near the spot in Nogales, Sonora, where he died

U.S. Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz shot through the Nogales U.S. border fence on October 10, 2012, leaving ten bullets in the back of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The trial of Agent Swartz on second degree murder charges, delayed six times, is rescheduled for next October 12. Border Patrol withheld video of the …

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The Yaqui’s DAPL: Mexico Reportedly Moves Ahead With the Agua Prieta Pipeline

A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has become a major controversy involving the local Yaqui indigenous community, which is less that pleased about the Agua Prieta tube’s route (straight through Yaqui territory). Things went from bad to worse on Oct. 21, when the pipeline’s supporters attacked a group of protesters, killing one, wounding eight, and causing …

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Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country (review)

Flyer for the play reviewed

There is a rare and wonderful feeling when you know you have witnessed something remarkable live onstage. That is the punch Borderlands Theater delivers with Nogales: Story Tellers in Cartel Country. It’s not only that you have just watched Richard Montoya, accomplished playwright and actor, in a brilliant interpretation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio (spoiler alert: …

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