Roger Barnett is an Arizona rancher who has had enough. Barnett was tired of illegals crossing his land, which lies near the Mexican border. Illegals broke into his house, stole his property and killed his calves.
Of course, the US government, first under Clinton, then under Bush and now under Obama, did nothing.
So Barnett started stopping illegals that were crossing his land and called the Border Patrol to come and pick them up. This offended liberal groups like the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) and they decided to do something about it.
On March 7, 2004, Barnett was on his 22,000-acre ranch when he encountered a group of illegals. He stopped them and then called the Border Patrol, which came and picked them up.
The illegals claimed that Barnett threatened them and threatened to have his dog attack them. MALDEF, which lobbies and litigates for open borders, jumped into the fray and filed a $32 million dollar lawsuit against Barnett. Most of the lawsuit was rejected by the jury, but in the end, they did award the illegals $87,000.
Just so everyone has the facts straight; a group of illegals enters this country illegally, trespasses onto a rancher’s land, is stopped by the rancher and turned over to the Border Patrol and the illegals get to sue the rancher and get a verdict against him.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just affirmed the $87,000 judgment against Barnett. Barnett’s attorney said he is going to ask for a rehearing in front of the Ninth Circuit. If that does not succeed, Barnet does have the option of appealing to the Supreme Court. Given the Ninth Circuit’s record in front of the Supreme Court, that might be the best option.
Regardless of what happens in the Barnett case, it does represent a disturbing trend that liberal groups are using in the illegal immigration war. They are using the tactic of lawfare.
Lawfare is simply the tactic of suing someone and running their legal costs up so high that they are either bankrupted or forced to agree with whatever the liberal group wants. This is a favored tactic of the ACLU, which can often claim hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees if they prevail in front of a liberal federal judge.
The more serious story here is why are illegal’s allowed sue in this country? They violated the law to enter the country and now they can participate in jackpot justice.
In Arizona a few years ago, two illegals sued a rancher who helped detain them. He was unable to defend himself in the suit and they ended up with his ranch.
As we fight illegal immigration, one of the things we need conservatives to do in Congress is to help restore some meaning to American citizenship. They can do this by restricting access to the courts by those who are in this country illegally. A statute that says in order to be a plaintiff in any civil litigation, a person must be either an American citizen, a permanent legal resident or have some other type of legal status. If you are in this country illegally, that is too bad. You should not have been here in the first place.
We can only hope that Roger Barnett is able to take his case to the Supreme Court and there receive the justice he has been denied in lower courts.
Al, I know of which you speak about. As I have been reading studying and whatching what has been going on, The Government of the united states of America is being run like a Corporation and we are nothing more that workers in the grand scheam of things. What is going to happen whan this Corporation goes Bankrupt???? Who is going to help this Corporation out of the mess it has itself in???? Do you really think that the housing market (business) is going to rebound like it was back in the 90's???? I don't think it will any time soon. I am very optimistic, but not with housing or the econimy.
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Do they know what asses they look like to real red blooded Americans?
If they didn't think so much of themselves we wouldn't have all these ASININE ANSWERS COMING FROM OUR ELITIST ACTIVIST JUDGES.
Yup. I'm getting sick of those idiots too. Once we lose total respect for the courts is when all hell breaks loose.
I'm about 68% there.........you?