Arizona Jury Refuses To Convict Humanitarian Volunteer Who Helped Migrants: Report
In a piece of truly refreshing news, jurors in the high-profile felony trial against Scott Warren — a humanitarian-aid volunteer charged with harboring two undocumented immigrants in southwestern Arizona — has ended in a hung jury.
Jurors were unable to reach a verdict, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial in the case and set Warren free, AZ Central reported Tuesday.
Warren, 36, a volunteer with the humanitarian group ‘No More Deaths’ faced up to 20 years in federal prison for helping migrants survive their desert crossing if convicted.
U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins dismissed the jury after each member told him that additional time deliberating would not result in a verdict.
Prosecutors declined to comment after the judge dismissed the jury, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona has not responded to a request for comment.
“He gave them food, he gave them water, he gave them a place to stay…He did a bad thing.” — Anna Wright, @USAO_AZ in her closing argument that #ScottWarren should be convicted. pic.twitter.com/jm67RYlzX1
— No More Deaths (@NoMoreDeaths) June 7, 2019
The judge has called a status conference for July 2 — There’s hope the prosecutors take the loss. Hallelujah!
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