Amicus Brief Urges Reversal of Decision in Border Patrol Shooting Case
EL PASO — The law firm of Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP announced that its case involving the shooting death of a Mexican teenager by a United States Border Patrol agent has received the support of the Mexican Government, the American Civil Liberties Union, and three border/civil rights organizations (Border Network for Human Rights, Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project, and Southern Border Communities Coalition).
The ACLU filed the amicus brief on Monday, with support from the groups, in the United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.
The brief was filed on behalf of Jesus Hernandez and Maria Guadalupe Güereca, the parents of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Güereca, a 15-year old shot and killed by United States Border Patrol agent Jesus Mesa on June 7, 2010.
"This is a strong message to the United States government that there is support to see justice served for Sergio,” said Robert Hilliard of Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP, the law firm that represents the Hernandez Güereca family. “It’s time we make this right. We cannot allow highly trained law enforcement officers to run around and start shooting and killing unarmed teenagers.”
According to the brief, the movants “seek to contextualize this case, and demonstrate that it should be seen by this Court not merely as an academic exercise in constitutional doctrine applied to one set of sui generis facts, but rather, as a case that has real-world impact on many people’s lives.”
According to the original lawsuit, Agent Mesa shot Hernandez Güereca in the head while the teenager was standing unarmed on the Mexico side of the border. Hilliard says that his firm has also filed appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding rulings handed down in February of this year and August 2011 by U.S. District Court Judge David Briones.