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Deadlock in trial of Arizona man charged with helping migrants

2019-06-12

Scott Warren (center) speaks outside federal court Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz. (Astrid Galvan/AP)

A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of Scott Warren, a border activist who was charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants after giving food, water and lodging to migrants who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Warren faced up to 20 years in prison but the jury was unable to come to a consensus, it was announced Tuesday.

The 36-year-old is a member of the group No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group. Eight other members of the group have been charged with crimes, but only Warren received felony charges.

Supporters of Warren and his work say the charges are an attempt by the Trump administration to criminalize humanitarian aid to migrants.

Warren and other No More Deaths members received federal misdemeanor charges earlier this year for leaving food, water and other provisions in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona, a highly trafficked migrant passage.

Warren’s defense argued he could not in good conscience not help the migrants he came across since so many have died crossing the border through Arizona’s deserts.

The judge ordered a status hearing for July 2.