S.F. Murder Trial Starts With Immigration Overtone

The murder case that ignited a national debate over immigration policy went to trial Monday with attorneys sparring not over politics but the case’s legal question: whether the killer of Kate Steinle on Pier 14 intended to fire in her direction or accidentally shot a gun he said he found under a bench.

Judge Upholds Arpaio Contempt Conviction

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix said while President Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio “undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, ‘revise the historical facts’ of this case.”

Driver Admits Guilt in TX Immigrant Death Case

The driver of a tractor trailer that transported scores of undocumented immigrants to a San Antonio Walmart in July — leading to 10 deaths — pleaded guilty two charges. Appearing before a federal judge, James Matthew Bradley, 61, admitted his role in the lethal smuggling operation, the deadliest of its kind in more than a decade.

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Anti-Immigrant Resentment: A Threat to Our Justice System?

The career of a Pennsylvania congressman illustrates the racist undercurrents of our immigration debate, writes the author of a recent book on Rep. Lou Barletta. But he adds that Barletta, who rose to prominence by exploiting a murder case allegedly involving undocumented immigrants, also demonstrates how anti-immigrant resentment has undermined the principles of U.S. justice.