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Texas Border Protection Officer Accused Of Smuggling Immigrants Into US

A U.S. customs officer on trial this week in El Paso is accused of smuggling people into the country illegally, including immigrants who had been deported. On Tuesday, witnesses said Lawrence Madrid, a supervisory officer with U.S. Customs and Border … Continue reading

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Modern Day ‘Debtor Prisons’ Challenged In Federal Court In Texas

EL PASO, Texas — This border city has a policy on its books that allows the city to jail people who cannot pay their traffic fines. Now a lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging the policy, saying it violates … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Scheduled To Consider Hearing Border Patrol Shooting Lawsuit

The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to decide Friday whether it will hear a case about a Border Patrol shooting in which an agent killed a teenaged boy who was standing in Mexico. The high court will decide whether … Continue reading

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Merrick Garland Is Named As President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

A former prosecutor, federal judge Merrick Garland is being put forth as the replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. You can watch the streaming live video here.

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Murder Trial of Alpine Resident after First Week

Murders are rare in Brewster County, and a murder trial in Alpine has just wrapped up its first week. Keith Alan McWilliams is on trial for allegedly killing Walter “Trey” Sands III  in late October 2014. The last murder trial … Continue reading

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Rancher’s Assault Case Resolved With Lesser Charge, Probation

A Brewster County rancher who was facing possible jail time for allegedly assaulting a sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, a move that settles the case without a jury trial. The assault allegation stemmed from an incident at … Continue reading

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In A First, Border Agent Indicted For Killing Mexican Teen Across Fence

Diego Roman Elena Rodriguez’s brother was unarmed, walking on a sidewalk in Nogales, when Lonnie Swartz shot him. The agent says he felt threatened by rock-throwers; he’s expected to plead not guilty.

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Pipeline Company Wants Feds To Deny Opponents’ Request For More Oversight

Energy Transfer, the company behind the planned Trans-Pecos Pipeline, has asked the federal government to deny requests from some Big Bend area opponents to have the project governed under stricter federal regulations. Opponents, led by the Big Bend Conservation Alliance … Continue reading

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Guilty Verdict For 5 Men In Abductions, Murders Of 11 Juárez Women

A high-profile trial in the Mexican border city of Juárez ended this weekend in a guilty verdict for five men accused of sex trafficking and murder. The victims were young women who vanished from the streets of downtown Juárez beginning … Continue reading

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The Uphill Battle for Eminent Domain Opponents in Texas

Opponents of the planned Trans Pecos Pipeline have started raising money and consulting with legal experts for a possible battle over private property rights. While Energy Transfer, the company building the pipeline, says using eminent domain to condemn land for … Continue reading

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