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Hung jury refuses to convict humanitarian volunteer who helped migrants

AJO, ARIZONA - MAY 11: Scott Warren, a volunteer for the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths stands in the group's office on May 11, 2019 in Ajo, Arizona. Warren is scheduled to appear in court on felony charges on May 29 in Tucson, accused by the U.S. government on two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy for providing food, water, and beds to two Central American immigrants in January, 2018. If found guilty Warren could face up to 20 years in prison. The trial is seen as a watershed case by the Trump Administration, as it pressures humanitarian organizations working to reduce suffering and deaths of immigrants along the border. The government says the aid encourages human smuggling. In a separate misdemeanor case, federal prosecutors have charged Warren with abandonment of property, for distributing food and water along migrant trails.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Hallelujah! The trial of Scott Warren, the volunteer with the humanitarian group No More Deaths who faced up to 20 years in prison for helping migrants survive their desert crossing, has ended in a hung jury.

The government’s argument against Warren:

Yeah. Like I say, hallelujah. The judge has called a status conference for July 2—here’s hoping the prosecutors take the loss.


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