Vivian Pettyjohn of ePluribus Media has been on top of this story from the beginning. I'm thankful that the story has made its way to the radar screen of the blogosphere. This ruling sets a precedent that is admirable - that humanitarian aid is never a crime.Border volunteers with No More Deaths — including two arrested last year and charged with transporting illegal entrants — believed they were acting with the approval of the U.S. Border Patrol, two members of the group said Monday.Charges against Shanti A. Sellz, 24, and Daniel M. Strauss, 24, were dropped last week after U.S. District Judge Raner Collins ruled that Sellz and Strauss had been told by No More Deaths officials that they could transport sick illegal entrants under certain conditions."They were assured that the 'protocol' had been approved by Border Patrol and that the transportation for these medical purposes was not a violation of the law," Collins wrote.The judge wrote that in the three years before 2005, "no one was arrested and prosecuted for following the protocol."That protocol was an oral agreement that was re-established at the beginning of each summer over the last couple of years, said the Rev. John Fife, a member of No More Deaths.
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Of course, there has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the modern-day witchhunters on the AzStar comment board. Here are some choice offerings:
12. Comment by D M. (#6232) — September 5,2006 @ 7:15AM 72. Comment by hazy m. (mat) — September 5,2006 @ 2:00PM 110. Comment by Jay E. (DeportBush) — September 5,2006 @ 4:07PM Har Har.