NEW: The retrial of humanitarian aid volunteer Scott Warren begins tomorrow.
Prosecutors want all mention of Trump and his policies banned from court.
New research shows those policies — specifically those criminalizing aid work — are deeply unpopular. https://theintercept.com/2019/11/11/immigration-aid-scott-warren-retrial/ …
Heading into court tomorrow, Scott Warren faces 10 years in prison for providing food, water and a place to sleep to two young migrants who crossed the desert in 2018.
His case is part of a broader crackdown on humanitarian aid providers that began after Trump's inauguration.
“The government’s attempts to erase the political nature of this retrial is part of their continued efforts to hide what is truly happening along the border and evade responsibility for the violence they have caused.” — @NoMoreDeaths.
UPDATE: Arizona district judge Raner Collins has granted the government’s motion to bar mention of president Trump and his policies in Scott Warren’s retrial.
He said there will be “no politics in this case — I won’t allow it.”
Jury is selected, moving to opening arguments.
Day one of Scott Warren’s retrial just ended. Some thoughts/observations on what went down.
For review, Warren’s first trial ended in a hung jury over the summer, with eight jurors opposing his conviction and four supporting it — I teamed up with @mollycrabapple to cover that here: https://theintercept.com/2019/08/10/scott-warren-trial/ …
For a deeper look at the humanitarian crackdown that led to Warren’s prosecution click here: https://theintercept.com/2019/05/04/no-more-deaths-scott-warren-migrants-border-arizona/ …
A significant chunk of the government’s original case rested on a murky conspiracy charge — more on that here https://theintercept.com/2019/06/04/scott-warren-no-more-deaths-trial-conspiracy-phone/ …
In the case now unfolding in Tucson, the conspiracy charge is gone — the remaining charges against Warren are both harboring charges.
In bringing the case again, the government has added a third prosecutor to its team: First Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn McCormick, the number two official at the U.S. attorney’s office here, reporting directly to U.S. Attorney and Trump appointee Michael Bailey.
There are 16 jurors hearing to the case (four will be alternates dismissed at the end of the trial), 10 are women and 6 are men.
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