Border officer guilty in smuggling scheme
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#1 Dec 19, 2013
They claim Hammer met with drug traffickers at a Tijuana tata joint and that can't be true. Working on the border made travel into Mexico impossible for him. As for the drugs, he was found innocent on count 2. There were no drugs or money and therefore no conspiracy. Let's see what happens when the judge questions the jury specifically about her instructions? She showed my brother tremendous respect by allowing him to remain free. He's a stand up kind of guy. All these charges were allegations. Let's see if any stick?
#2 Dec 20, 2013
I slept on the case and it gave me a chance to think. If the jury felt he was innocent there were no drugs or people smuggled. There could also be no conspiracy violation. I believe the judge's instructions specifically stated, "If guilty, you must show a violation occurred after 2005." I'm not sure the jury has followed these instructions to the letter of the law? Let's see what happens before we start celebrating any convictions. In short, the defendant may be guilty, but what role does the statute of limitations play in this case? I'm done defending my bro. He had his day in court and in the media. Who won or lost is now up to the judge and jury, not the papers. I couldn't sit back and watch them destroy the justice system as my bro suffered. I'm done.
#3 Dec 20, 2013
They should call this "The Case of the Invisible Drugs." My Bro is facing life in prison because the Border Patrol now tracks drugs they didn't catch! They are asking a jury to decide how much of these invisible drugs was he responsible for letting pass? The jury decided he didn't take money for the action. This is a crock of crap! They can blame my brother for permitting umteen million kilos for crossing the border because we are dealing with invisible drugs. What border agent is safe? This is a crock of crap!
#5 Dec 20, 2013
When I watched borders wars I noticed most were Latino. I always felt they might be tempted with cartel and other money to smuggle mules in. But I always trusted the other BP. BP has had the hardest damn job next to the Vet;s in the middle east, if you ask me. Any criminal acusations better damn well be founded. I hope all is okay with your Bro. I'm disgusted with Govt. in general and this administration for doing nothing to protect, neither Americans or BP. We need loaded drones and lot's of land mines to take care of the filth coming here.
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