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Arizona border activist trial ends in hung jury

TUCSON – A final verdict could not be reached for a man accused of harboring and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants Tuesday afternoon –resulting in a hung jury.

Scott Warren was arrested in 2018 for allegedly harboring and conspiring to transport two undocumented immigrants at a home called the “Barn” in the desert in Ajo, Ariz. No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group, uses the property as a staging facility to provide food, water and medical aid for migrants.

Just hours before his arrest, a report was released about Border Patrol agents interfering with humanitarian aid. The report reportedly showed an agent kicking over water jugs mean for immigrant, the Associated Press reported in October.

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Attorneys for the border activist said he provided humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert because his spiritual beliefs compelled him to help those in danger of distress.

The defense said Warren had no intention of committing a crime and therefore should not be found guilty of a crime.

On June 6, Warren took the stand in his federal trial. A packed courtroom heard Warren explain to his attorney the No More Deaths protocol for providing medical care to migrants. He said the men had blisters and were suffering from dehydration. One of the men had a rib injury and respiratory issues. Warren said he consulted a nurse and a doctor who advised the men to stay off their feet.

But the prosecution argued that this is not a case about humanitarian aid because the two men Warren is accused of transpiring to help were not in any distress at the time.

A status conference has been scheduled for July 2.

Julia Leon

Julia Leon

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