Jury deadlocks over border activist charged for planning to harbor migrants

Jury deadlocks over border activist charged for planning to harbor migrants
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An activist charged with illegally offering food and medical assistance to migrants suspected of illegally crossing the southern border had his trial end Tuesday in a hung jury.

NBC News reported Tuesday that Scott Warren, who was charged in late 2018, thanked supporters of his legal defense outside a courthouse in Tucson, Ariz., following the announcement of the jury's inability to reach a decision.

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"Today it remains as necessary as ever for local residents and humanitarian aid volunteers to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees, and we must also stand for our families, friends and neighbors in the very land itself most threatened by the militarization of our borderland communities," Warren said, according to NBC.

A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment as to whether the Trump administration would seek to retry the case.

Warren faced up to 20 years in prison for what he said was providing food, water and lodging to migrants who were in medical distress.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, contended that those aided by Warren were not in distress and that instead Warren conspired to provide them with safe housing and help them evade U.S. authorities.

No More Deaths, an organization seeking to address humanitarian concerns along the U.S.-Mexico border and with the Trump administration's immigration policy, tweeted Tuesday that Warren's court victory was an example of Arizonans "standing their ground for justice and kindness."

"BREAKING: HUNG JURY in the #ScottWarren case. After 15+ hours of deliberation, a hung jury was officially declared, demonstrating that there are Arizonans standing their ground for justice and kindness in a historic moment," the group wrote on Twitter.