How we got here: Supreme Court Orders Arizona Rancher to Pay Illegal Immigrants $80,000
- How we got here:
Supreme Court Orders Arizona Rancher to Pay Illegal Immigrants $80,0003/4/12
(October 2011 story). Arizona Rancher, Roger Barnett, had been stuck in a vicious legal battle from 2004 to 2011. Many illegal immigrants were trespassing his property and he held a group of 26 of them at gun point.
According to the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the illegal immigrants' rights were being infringed upon. Their case: Barnett did not feel threatened by the illegal immigrants and therefore he could not have been acting in self-defense. A nearby rancher was murdered by illegal immigrants in 2009.
First of all, if you have a gun you wouldn't feel threatened. Secondly, it is his property. You give up your rights once you trespass someone's property without permission -- let alone coming crossing the border.
He was ordered to pay $80,000 because three of the illegal immigrants had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ummm?
Here is a video from October 2011 where Barnett describes to FOX News what happened.
From Arizona Daily Star:
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a 2009 ruling against Cochise County rancher Roger Barnett, forcing him to pay about $87,000 in damages related to his assault of illegal immigrants on his ranch in 2004.http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2012/20120304006-arizona-rancher-roger-barnett.html
The jury found him liable on four claims of assault and four claims of infliction of emotional distress, and ordered Barnett to pay $77,804 in damages. The $87,000 he must pay reflects that original amount plus interest.
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