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16 illegals sue Arizona rancher

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  1. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    16 illegals sue Arizona rancher, claim violation of rights as they crossed his land


    Jerry Seper (Contact)
    Monday, February 9, 2009


    Buzz up!

    An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home.

    His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as "the avenue of choice" for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.

    Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes. Also named are Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The civil trial is expected to continue until Friday.

    The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.

    Attorneys for the immigrants - five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States - have accused Mr. Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.

    The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which also charged that Sheriff Dever did nothing to prevent Mr. Barnett from holding their clients at "gunpoint, yelling obscenities at them and kicking one of the women."

    In the lawsuit, MALDEF said Mr. Barnett approached the group as the immigrants moved through his property, and that he was carrying a pistol and threatening them in English and Spanish. At one point, it said, Mr. Barnett's dog barked at several of the women and he yelled at them in Spanish, "My dog is hungry and he's hungry for buttocks."

    The lawsuit said he then called his wife and two Border Patrol agents arrived at the site. It also said Mr. Barnett acknowledged that he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.

    In March, U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury. Mr. Barnett's attorney, David Hardy, had argued that illegal immigrants did not have the same rights as U.S. citizens.

    Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview that he began rounding up illegal immigrants after they started to vandalize his property, northeast of Douglas along Arizona Highway 80. He said the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.

    Some of his cattle died from ingesting the plastic bottles left behind by the immigrants, he said, adding that he installed a faucet on an 8,000-gallon water tank so the immigrants would stop damaging the tank to get water.

    Mr. Barnett said some of the ranch´s established immigrant trails were littered with trash 10 inches deep, including human waste, used toilet paper, soiled diapers, cigarette packs, clothes, backpacks, empty 1-gallon water bottles, chewing-gum wrappers and aluminum foil - which supposedly is used to pack the drugs the immigrant smugglers give their "clients" to keep them running.

    He said he carried a pistol during his searches for the immigrants and had a rifle in his truck "for protection" against immigrant and drug smugglers, who often are armed.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS DEFENDANT: Roger Barnett said he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.

    A former Cochise County sheriff´s deputy who later was successful in the towing and propane business, Mr. Barnett spent $30,000 on electronic sensors, which he has hidden along established trails on his ranch. He searches the ranch for illegal immigrants in a pickup truck, dressed in a green shirt and camouflage hat, with his handgun and rifle, high-powered binoculars and a walkie-talkie.

    His sprawling ranch became an illegal-immigration highway when the Border Patrol diverted its attention to several border towns in an effort to take control of the established ports of entry. That effort moved the illegal immigrants to the remote areas of the border, including the Cross Rail Ranch.

    "This is my land. I´m the victim here," Mr. Barnett said. "When someone´s home and loved ones are in jeopardy and the government seemingly can´t do anything about it, I feel justified in taking matters into my own hands. And I always watch my back."

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/09/16-illegals-sue-arizona-rancher/
     
  2. Daddy_O

    Daddy_O Well-Known Member

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    It's his property......get out. :2guns:
     
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  3. BoltzRule

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    How can you sue someone when you're in the act of committing a crime.

    I'd like to see how a judge would react if a drug dealer sued the buyer for giving him counterfeit money or some **** like that.

    Not sure if it's what it's called, but shouldn't the Clean Hands Doctrine protect him, meaning if you're doing something illegally you won't be helped in court if you're complaining about another person's actions.

    Or some **** like that.

    Plus like already stated it's his property and they were trespassing.
     
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  4. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    those ****ers are lucky it wasn't my property - they wouldn't be alive to sue me.
     
  5. EsDee_in_RI

    EsDee_in_RI Well-Known Member

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    Sux that this story gives Mexicans a bad name. But Kudos to the guy. Id do the same if it was my property. :tup:
     
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  6. BFISA

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    IMHO, MALDEFF gives a bad name to Mexicans.
     
  7. SDRaiderH8er

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    22,000 Acres, geez that is almost 35 Sqaure Miles
     
  8. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

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    Lawyers...........

    If you help someone who has been in an accident, and if you hurt them, they can sue you, and it is all because of the lawyers!

    Lawyers are telling us what we can and cannot do!

    Someone has to pay for thier Education. And we are not smart enough to protect ourselves from them.
     
  9. Lightning's Girl

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    You and me both. And it doesn't matter to me what ethnicity somebody is: if they break into my house or mess with my property, they're going to find themselves looking at the business end of my rifle........at least for as long as it takes for me to call the law on 'em.:icon_evil:

    I hope the judge in this case throws it out of court with the contempt it deserves.
     
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  10. SDRaiderH8er

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    But then how can someone sue McDonalds and win because the Coffee was too hot?
     
  11. in_a_days

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    I'd be just as irritated if it was a bunch of Frenchmen trying to sneak down from Canada. :yes:
     
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  12. BoltzRule

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    Yea it's pretty awful when the smart thing to do is to not help someone in need. Goes against human nature. :no:
     
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