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Border confrontations costly, verdict shows
laurascott | November 27, 2006 at 05:54 pmby
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Border vigilantism suffered another setback last week when a jury awarded nearly $99,000 in damages to a pair of Mexican-American hunters who were confronted by Cochise County rancher Roger Barnett.
The federal court decision, reported by The New York Times in Friday's Star, sends a strong message that individuals should not take it upon themselves to enforce border laws.
The Barnett case follows a similar verdict last year in which Douglas-area ranch owner Casey Nethercott was forced to surrender his 70-acre property to a pair of illegal Salvadoran immigrants. Nethercott was convicted of illegal gun possession, the Times reported.
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