Supreme Court rules against Mexican family in cross-border shooting case

Attorney Cristobal Galindo, center, is accompanied by Jesus Hernandez, left, and Maria Guereca, and attorney Marion Reilly in front of the Supreme Court, in Nov. 2019. Alex Brandon/AP

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday that the family of a Mexican teen fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from across the U.S.-Mexico border can’t sue for damages.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the conservative majority’s opinion that the 15-year-old, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, was not covered by constitutional protection against the use of excessive force because he was on the Mexican side of the border when the bullet struck him.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that the Border Control agent was standing in the U.S. when he fired the fatal shot at Hernandez, who had been playing with friends in a culvert that straddled the border, so the teen’s “location at the precise moment the bullet landed should not matter one whit.”

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