View Full Version : Case OF Slain Border Patrol Sealed In Court

11-17-2011, 09:49 AM

The case against the alleged killers of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has disappeared from federal court records, apparently sealed by a federal judge.

In May, federal prosecutors won an indictment against Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and others, and they announced it with a press release. Only Osorio-Arellanes’ name was visible in the indictment, but there were blacked-out words where other defendants’ names go.

Osorio-Arellanes was charged with second-degree murder and was not considered the likely shooter. He had been wounded during the gunfight that left Terry dead.

But in the ensuing months, the case disappeared from court records.

Why? Nobody is saying.

Asked about the case, Debra Hartman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, which is prosecuting the case, said via email: “Yes, our office is handling the case and can’t comment further.”

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council’s local 2544, said agents have grown frustrated with the lack of transparency in the case.

First, he said, there was the long silence surrounding the origins of the assault rifles discovered at the scene, eventually revealed to have been set loose into the community as part of a federal firearms investigation. Now there’s this: a criminal investigation that has disappeared from public view.

Terry and fellow members of the Border Patrol’s tactical unit were patrolling an area west of Rio Rico on Dec. 14, looking for bandits who prey on illegal border-crossers, when gunfire broke out.


11-17-2011, 12:55 PM
When things like this happen, it promotes vigilante justice. The law had better administer justice in this matter or people will get killed. The rule of law is what keeps law abiding citizens in check. Remove that and they will take matters into their own hands.

Holder and his master don't get it.:mad:

11-17-2011, 02:19 PM
Did the other defendants cooperate with law enforcement? That might be why their names are blacked out. The names would be blacked out to protect defendants who are now witnesses, so that they can't be eliminated before trial. Even the attorney for the defendant would get limited information, but would get a chance to depose the witnesses prior to trial.

The US attorneys' office is not required to share all that information with the Border Agents' union. They
should sit down and explain it better to the union, because the union probably has some role in the victims' rights side of the case.

If the blacked out names were the only problem with this case, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. But with the other issues, it is kind of suspicious because if the scenario was the one I described, the US attorney's office probably would have discussed the issue with the union and with the victim's family.

11-17-2011, 03:33 PM
I hope you're right and it isn't something more sinister. I do not trust this administration to do anything right.

11-17-2011, 05:00 PM
it should all come out in the wash.:Taps4: