Friday, June 1st, 2018

Court to Feds: Stop Deporting Witnesses

"The 9th Circuit slammed the U.S. attorney in San Diego on Friday for deporting a possible witness who could have undermined an alien-smuggling case.  Border Patrol agents arrested Jonathan Leal-Del Carmen in 2010 with a group of suspected illegal migrants.  Three members of the group fingered him as the leader, though one woman, Ana Maria Garcia-Garcia, said several times that he was not.  The government secured the testimony of the witnesses against Leal-Del Carmen, but deported Garcia-Garcia before the suspect's arraignment." – Courthouse News Service, Sept. 14, 2012.