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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JUSTICE SUSPENDED: photo essay

Four years after her 16-year-old son was killed by a border patrol agent who fired at least ten bullets through the international boundary at Nogales, Arizona, into his back, Araceli Rodriguez, the boy’s mother, will have to wait any decision in her lawsuit against the agent until the U.S. Supreme Court answers constitutional questions raised …

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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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AZ’s Poet Laureate on Border

photo: headshot of Alberto Rios, smiling and seated on couch

Alberto Rios remembers the day J. F. Kennedy was shot and the two Nogales changed forever—Ed There was a time when the border between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, was actually a fence, something that might be between backyards. To either side of the two Nogales’ flimsy barrier were miles of land, open, unencumbered, looking …

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