American Humanitarian’s Trial Ends In Mistrial Some 18 Months After Getting Charged

Scott Warren is a humanitarian aid worker who spends much of his time volunteering for such organizations. One of these humanitarian groups is No More Deaths, a group based in Arizona that aims to reduce the number of deaths suffered by people hailing from Mexico who attempt to enter the United States without permission.

Roughly a year-and-a-half ago, in Jan. 2018, Warren was arrested while volunteering for No More Deaths. He was charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented migrants, a felony charge that could hold up to five years in federal prison, for providing two migrants who were in the process of traveling from Mexico to the United States on foot with food and drink.

After his arrest, Scott was charged with two additional felonies – two charges of harboring undocumented migrants, a felony offense punishable by a total of 15 years in federal prison.

Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol alleged that Scott Warren had hidden the two aforementioned migrants some 50 miles north of the border between Mexico and the United States at a remote property known as “The Barn.”

Warren had already been familiar with The Barn because it was – and still is, to this day – used by similar organizations, as well as No More Deaths, to conduct mock emergency operations and distribute food, water, and other rations near paths that undocumented migrants headed north from Mexico often take to the United States.

Yesterday, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Judge Raner Collins of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona ruled on Warren’s three-count case with the judgment of mistrial. The 12-man jury deliberated amongst one another for three full days after the trial ended, finally coming to the conclusion that none of its members were going to sway one way or the other. Their votes ended up coming to a tally of 8 to 4, with the eight votes being cast in favor of Scott Warren being acquitted on each of his three federal, felony charges.

Immediately after the mistrial ruling was handed down, Warren shared with reporters that he planned on heading right back to organizations like No More Deaths located near the United States’ southern border to help preserve the lives of more people trying to enter the country without proper documentation.

According to Warren, 88 bodies of migrants have been found in just the Ajo area of the Arizona desert, which was where he was arrested, since Jan. 2018.

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