BREAKING: On the eve of Arizona humanitarian volunteer Scott Warren's sentencing hearing for driving on protected lands to drop aid supplies for migrants, the U.S. attorney's office has suddenly moved to drop its case against him.
Just filed. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6787630-Warren-Dismissal.html …
Earlier this month, a federal judge overturned the conviction of four Arizona aid volunteers on religious liberty grounds.
If this dismissal goes through, it will mean that a more than two-year effort to criminalize the provision of humanitarian aid in Arizona failed wildly.
Here's the piece I wrote on that reversal. https://theintercept.com/2020/02/04/reversal-conviction-border-volunteers-gruesome-logic/ …
Having already seen one conviction backfire in a major way, tonight's filing strongly suggests the government does not have the stomach to fight the appeal that would follow in this case.
After two and a half years, the final charges against Scott Warren have been officially dismissed.
No words from the government prosecutors to explain their sudden change of heart.
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