Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

Court Awards Illegal Aliens Arizona Ranch

By defending your property, you now risk losing your property

This (registration required, see BugMeNot) is outrageous:
(Illegal aliens) Mr. Mancía and Ms. Leiva were caught on a ranch in Hebbronville, Tex., in March 2003 by Mr. Nethercott and other members of Ranch Rescue. The two immigrants later accused Mr. Nethercott of threatening them and of hitting Mr. Mancía with a pistol, charges that Mr. Nethercott denied. The immigrants also said the group gave them cookies, water and a blanket and let them go after an hour or so.

The Salvadorans testified against Mr. Nethercott when he was tried by Texas prosecutors. The jury deadlocked on a charge of pistol-whipping but convicted Mr. Nethercott, who had previously served time in California for assault, of gun possession, which is illegal for a felon. He is now serving a five-year sentence in a Texas prison.

Mr. Mancía and Ms. Leiva also filed a lawsuit against Mr. Nethercott; Jack Foote, the founder of Ranch Rescue; and the owner of the Hebbronville ranch, Joe Sutton. The immigrants said the ordeal, in which they feared that they would be killed by the men they thought were soldiers, had left them with post-traumatic stress.

Mr. Sutton settled for $100,000. Mr. Nethercott and Mr. Foote did not defend themselves, so the judge issued default judgments of $850,000 against Mr. Nethercott and $500,000 against Mr. Foote.
Link via The Shadow of the Olive Tree:
It is completely beyond me why anyone, even a legal resident, should expect to receive millions of dollars from people who detained them when they were trespassing. Especially when said people, having detained them for an hour gave them cookies and a blanket and sent them on. If ever there was a sign of a justice system that has been hijacked by the loonies this is it.
Angry Guy gets it right:
So let me get this absolutely straight: If an illegal alien is grabbed by any American and held against their will they can sue and take that person's property?

This certainly isn't the same United States I was born into.
It sure isn't.

A state of emergency has been declared in both New Mexico and Arizona and Texas' 16 border counties have formed an alliance to request federal help, all because of the recent the surge of illegals and the attendant violence. It seems nobody can (or will) protect Americans living along the border, not even the residents themselves, who now risk everything should they attempt to protect themselves.

As both The Shadow of the Olive Tree and Angry Guy note, the ranchers would have been better off had they killed the trespassers and disposed of their bodies. Given this court decision and the ever escalating violence in the area, how long will it be before at least a few property owners in the border states feel they have no other choice?

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