U.S. Supreme Court Justices Are Divided Over Cross Border Shooting Case
Supreme Court judges are divided in the case of cross border shooting in 2010 that killed a Mexican teenager. The court have not decided to allow family to sue the federal agent in the U.S. court.
Conservative judges are skeptical to revive the lawsuit, Reuters reported. The statement was released Tuesday, Feb. 21. One of the concern arose was whether people who injured overseas by U.S. drone will be able to sue the U.S. federal government as well.
Texas lawyer representing the family of victim, Robert C. Hilliard argued that the cross-border shooting by U.S. federal agent that cause injury will have U.S. constitution protection to apply. However Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. expressed skepticism about the drone strike in Iraq that injured people while the pilot is in Nevada.
Justice Anthony Kennedy posed a question to Hilliard, Washington Post reported. Judge Kennedy said the problem in the border between U.S. and Mexico is best handled by the White House and Congress instead of the Supreme Court.
On the other hand, liberal judges showed sympathy to the family of the victim who was shot dead by the U.S. federal agent Jesus Mesa. The boy Sergio Adrián Hernández was the 15-year-old boy was shot from across the border.
Liberal judge, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated that the obvious fact about Hernandez. She insisted that Hernandez’s status in the Mexican border when he was shot did not change the fact of the casethat the perpetrator was a U.S. federal agent.
The case happened in June 2010 when Mesa was on his routine patrolling in the U.S. and Mexican border in Texas. Hernandez was playing a daring game with his friend that challenged him to get into the American soil and touch the border fence inside the American and ran back to Mexico. Mesa caught them in the act and he shot Hernandez
Watch the footage of the shooting of Hernandez below: