Monthly Archives: April 2008

Voice of the Voiceless 2008 – Father Roy Bourgeois, MM

Annunciation House presented its 2008 VOICE OF THE VOICELESS AWARD to Roy Bourgeois on May 17th. Awarded the Purple Heart as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Roy Bourgeois was ordained a Maryknoll priest in 1972. Sent to Bolivia to … Continue reading

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JUAN PATRICIO TRIAL

The civil trial against the United States filed on behalf of the parents of Juan Patricio started on Monday. The trial is a wrongful death trial that claims that as a result of negligence by Border Patrol, Juan Patricio was … Continue reading

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Civil trial in teen's Border Patrol death winds down

Illegal immigrant’s parents are suing the U.S. government over showdown with agent that left the 19-year-old dead By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press EL PASO A 19-year-old illegal immigrant shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent four years … Continue reading

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 4

In the cross-examination Enrique Moreno again went over the list of things that VB didn’t know, and didn’t find out, when he arrived on the scene. He didn’t know the number of officers, their position, who was in charge, whether progress had been made, whether the subject had a means of escape…the list went on. And all of those things were important, weren’t they?

VB agreed that they were.

According to his training, a Border Patrol agent was required to assess these things before resorting to deadly force, was he not?

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 3

April 10, 2008. Today, Thursday, was the fourth day of the trial. The prosecution began by calling Irene Quijada to the stand. Before today I had known Juan Patricio through a single photograph (taken at Annunciation House shortly before his … Continue reading

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 2

April 8, 2008. The prosecution called Agent VB to the stand. He walked up from his seat at the defense table, a few feet away from where the parents of Juan Patricio were sitting. I don’t think Cesar and Irene … Continue reading

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Juan Patricio Trial Summary Part 1

April 7, 2008, a little after nine o’clock in the morning. Five men stood before the judge with their right hands raised. They wore suits in varying shades of gray with creases running down the backs of their trouser legs. … Continue reading

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