Steller: Coincidental Border Patrol Cases Test Justice System
Column: On one floor, they prosecuted a border agent’s accused killers. On another, they accused an agent of murder. http://t.co/McRDzvbi1y
A coincidence in Tucson’s federal courthouse Wednesday revealed the rules of engagement for Southern Arizona’s 4,000 Border Patrol agents and laid out a challenge for American justice.
On the sixth floor, jurors began hearing evidence against two Mexican men accused of killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Southern Arizona.
On the fourth floor, a grand jury indicted Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz for killing a Sonoran teen on the Mexican side of the border fence at Nogales.
But if prosecutors can put the kind of energy into a case against a Border Patrol agent that they put into prosecuting people who shoot Border Patrol agents, that would prove our justice system to be truly robust.