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Judge says lawyers can't bring up violence

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posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 05:43 AM
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The jury in the case of the two Border Patrol agents who shot a man in the buttocks last year will get to hear about the victim's alleged drug-smuggling activities but won't get a picture of the border as a violent place for law enforcement.

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone partly granted the motion by the U.S. attorney -- who is prosecuting the agents -- to exclude any mention of border violence, in particular the recent standoff in Hudspeth County. Lawyers will have to advise all witnesses of the prohibition. They will be able to ask the judge to allow mentions of border violence on a case-by-case basis, but they will have to approach the bench every time and speak out of earshot of the jury, according to the ruling issued Monday evening.


www.elpasotimes.com.../20060215/NEWS/602150323/1001

What is really troubling about this case is the US Attorney ask the judge to keep border violence out of the trial. This is a trial where the US is going against the border agents. How insane is this?




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