Skip to comments.AZ rancher disappointed in U.S. support
Posted on 02/22/2009 10:27:46 AM PST by Sammy67
"My country has let me down." That's the assessment of an Arizona rancher who was sued by six illegal immigrants he detained on his property and turned over to the Border Patrol in 2004.
On Tuesday an eight-member federal jury in Tucson threw out the claim brought by the six illegal aliens that Roger Barnett violated their civil rights when he detained them at gunpoint on his ranch nearly five years ago. The panel also ruled against the plaintiffs' claims of battery and false imprisonment.
But the jury did find Barnett liable on four claims of assault and four claims of emotional distress, ordering him to pay $77,804 in damages, $60,000 of which were punitive.
The Arizona rancher says he would not have had to detain the illegal immigrants if the U.S. government did its job and
(Excerpt) Read more at onenewsnow.com ...
That man has to take it to the Supremes. With a good bunch of lawyers. That was a disgusting verdict. Mexican nationals are NOT part of our legal system and they don’t get to use it.
Your country didn’t let you down sir—your government did. We understand and support you. Keep the faith!
How many Mexicans were on the jury?
His mistake was not obeying the 3S rule, shoot, shovel and shutup.
Exactomundo. Barnett has single-handedly done more to help secure the southern border than the entire U.S. gov't. He highlights their incompetence. ...and their longterm goals (to integrate the U.S. and Mexico).
Speaking of support, do you know if there's a group to which we can send donations to cover legal costs? The group that sued him obviously has people donating to it.
He is just finding out that the American Federal and State governments will harm him? Hell, the two governments have favored the criminal element of our society since at least the Warren court. The number of decisions criminal and tort where the court favors the wrong doer is staggering. Indeed, if one thinks about it the comparative fault concept, by definition, allows a wrongdoer to sue and collect.
Barnett Case Fallout
Duplicitous Government Exposed
Washington Times — February 22
Rancher ruling adds to border debate
...Glenn Spencer, president of the American Border Patrol, a private organization that uses high-tech equipment to highlight what it calls the “crisis of illegal immigration,” said he worked with Mr. Barnett for more than 10 years and knew he had been “very careful when dealing with the illegal trespassers.”
A resident of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Mr. Spencer called the lawsuit “a malicious prosecution,” but said it had shed light on the fact that the federal government has failed to protect the nation’s borders.
“I was in Washington, D.C., 10 years ago when Roger Barnett submitted testimony to a congressional committee describing the terrible situation on the border,” Mr. Spencer said. “Now, 10 years later, Roger is sued by open-borders activists, while at the same time the federal government is constructing a vehicle barrier along the border south of his ranch and lying to the public by saying it is a fence.
“Roger Barnett is a hero and a victim - a victim of a duplicitous government that has no intention of protecting the border with Mexico,” he said.
“How many Mexicans were-on the jury?”
Including judge and lawyers, and/or their sympathies.
If you wish to send a donation to Roger for legal expenses by check, please send it to:
Roger Barnett Legal Defense Fund 1498 E. Fry Blvd. Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Barnett's Towing by Credit Card: call Barnett's Towing. Tell them you want to make a credit card contribution to the Roger Barnett Legal Defense Fund. At this time, there is no mechanism for making credit card contributions over the internet.
I personally prefer a Paypal account for such transactions, but there's nothing set up that I know of.
Should send a copy to his Senators (oh... Juan McCain?), Representatives, President Obama, and the Border Patrol. Also send a bill for his expenses in arming himself and his time having to patrol his own land. While the government throws away $Trillions to bail out irresponsible lenders, borrowers, thieves, fools, and political supporters, one of the primary CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES of the Federal Government - to protect the Borders from invaders - goes unfulfilled. Send GW a copy of the bill too, as this all happened on his watch.
There was an article somewhere yesterday, Barnetts attorney said the judge incorrectly instructed the jury about awards. According to a voter approved change to the Arizona constitution, illegals cannot claim punitive damages, so Barnetts attorney is going to the supreme court to overturn the $78k damages awarded by the jury
No good deed goes unpunished.
Time to tell the government to piss up a rope.
Mr. Barnett doing the job that American government doesn’t want to do.
This is outrageous and needs to be brought out into the full spotlight of the media by pervasive tactics.
You and I are next on the list.
Rogers latest interest is with our National Security. Roger and his wife, Barbara, and brother, Donald, spend most every weekend at the Cross Rail Ranch. The ranch is a working cattle ranch and was purchased by Roger in 1995. The 22,000 acre ranch is about 1 mile from the Mexico/United States border in Southeastern Arizona. His small squad patrols the ranch and have actually observed and reported over 14,000 illegal border crossers in the last 10 years. The United States Border Patrol responds to his call and picks up the illegal aliens and ships them back to their country of origin. In the last 10 years they have actually stopped shipments of drugs from entering the United States numerous times. Roger believes that the citizens of the United States have the right to protect their property and in doing so supports the Constitution of the United States. He feels It is time we take our Country back.
The larger question: how many Mexicans are in the Border Patrol?
There are plenty of Mexican-Americans on the Border Patrol. Two of them went to jail because Bush's prosecutors saw fit to persecute them for enforcing the law. (He did commute their sentences, but the felonies are on their permanent record).
Beck had a guest on the other day who stated that it was instances like this where the government loses credibility and creates people willing to set up their own mini-governments.
The idea has a certain appeal.
Big ideas like this have a certain appeal, but the day-to-day reality is that individuals like Barnett are being stomped into the ground with legal expenses and judgments. Here's a sample:
"If they're not going to help me, what am I going to do -- throw the ranch away? Back off? ....All these groups like [the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund]...there's a Voter Action Network in Tucson, they're just a small group -- they don't like what I'm doing, what I'm saying. And they're trying to put a stop to me."
Where's our Legal Defense Fund to fight these legal battles? We need to organize and match these people dollar for dollar. It's pointless to say we support them if all we end up doing is venting on Free Republic.
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