Jury Refuses To Convict Activist Indicted For Providing Water To Migrants
Jurors refused to convict an activist who faced 20 years in prison for providing migrants with water, food, and shelter, according to The Washington Post.
Members of the jury failed to reach a verdict against Scott Daniel Warren last week and were dismissed after additional deliberation.
The University of Arizona lecturer was arrested early last year for harboring migrants. He was one of nine members of the non-profit No More Deaths to be charged with similar crimes.
Warren’s attorney said the activist's actions were purely humanitarian, but the prosecution argued that the migrants were not in distress and that Warren conspired to transport and harbor at a facility near the Southern border.
The defendants were also charged in separate federal misdemeanor cases after leaving water, canned food and other provisions for migrants in Southern Arizona.
The court will revisit the case's arguments on July 2, but the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona did not comment on whether Warren would face another trial.
“Today it remains as necessary as ever for local residents and humanitarian aid volunteers to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees, and we must also stand for our families, friends, and neighbors in the very land itself most threatened by the militarization of our borderland communities,” Warren said outside the court.