Arizona prosecutors charge humanitarian aid worker who gave water to migrants—again

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Scott Daniel Warren is the humanitarian aid worker and Arizona State University professor who was put on trial after being arrested by the Trump administration for providing water and aid to migrants traversing the dangerous Arizona desert. He faced up to 20 years in jail but was freed in June after a mistrial ruling in his case. Eight of the 12 jurors wanted to acquit Warren on all three charges Arizona prosecutors had pushed. A mistrial is not an acquittal, and Arizona prosecutors are scary crazy. It was reported on Tuesday that, while they were dropping one of the three charges, Tucson, Arizona, prosecutors would continue to pursue two charges of “harboring illegal aliens” against Warren.

According to CNN, prosecutors  “unexpectedly offered a plea bargain to Warren” on Tuesday that would drop the two charges in exchange for a guilty plea on the misdemeanor charge of “aiding and abetting illegal entry without inspection.” Whether Warren will take the plea deal remains to be seen. Warren’s lawyer says that the deal is open for 10 days and that it is up to his client to consider what action he wants to take. If Warren decided to go back to court, the trial would begin in November. Warren told reporters during his previous trial that one of the biggest drawbacks to his arrest was not being able to continue the humanitarian aid he was helping to provide to people in need.

Warren released a statement saying, “While I do not know what the government has hoped to accomplish here, I do know what the effect of all this has been. A raising of public consciousness. A greater awareness of the humanitarian crisis in the borderland. More volunteers who want to stand in solidarity with migrants. Local residents stiffened in their resistance to border walls and the militarization of our communities. And a flood of water into the desert at a time when it is most needed.”

 

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DHG
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Sounds like Arizona has seceded from the Union, these are acts of fascists not people who support a democratic republic. The South is itching to be put back in its place yet again, this time I say let em go, take Trump with ya.

Allan
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Allan

Mexico must be so grateful there’s a barrier to keep the trump family from getting lost on their turf. And it hasn’t cost them one peso !

Dick Panico
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Don’t worry, Mexico has opened a “go fund “me me for the wall , on the condition that Mexican workers will be paid the same as American workers to build the wall . It will take at least 10 years , and they will come out ahead , because they plan to use Trump , as subcontractor ( he builds beautiful walls ) . Although he’s never worked a day in his life . .. Trump got excited by those old rusty tanks today , he could hardly keep his eyes off them . ..,You could tell he wants one… Read more »
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This sounds like something the Nazi’s did in WWII. Kill people who tried to save Jews. Here, people, is a time to step back and as WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?). Jesus would have offered water to the thirsty and food to the hungry (and medicine to the sick). Particularly if it meant the difference between life and death. PROSECUTING someone and threatening 20 years of jail time for trying to save lives with water is simply so heinous that there are hardly words to describe the wrongness of this case. There is no morality behind “it’s the law.”