Judges wrote although bullets struck teenager in Mexico, there’s ‘compelling interest’ in regulating the conduct of agents on US soil

A federal appeals court has ruled that the family of a Mexican teenager who was fatally shot by a US agent through a border fence can legally sue the agent and US government for damages.

The Border Patrol agent, Lonnie Swartz, was acquitted in April of second-degree murder in a criminal trial over the 2012 shooting of 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez but is facing a retrial in October on lesser charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.

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