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April 21, 2005

Have Gun, Deputize Thyself

I like this one:

Reservist who held migrants at gunpoint won't be prosecuted

Robert Anglen
Associated Press The Arizona Republic
Apr. 21, 2005 08:57 PM

No criminal charges will be filed against an Army reservist who held seven undocumented immigrants at gunpoint this month at an Arizona rest stop.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said Thursday that Sgt. Patrick Haab had the legal right to make a citizen's arrest because the man smuggling the immigrants into the country was committing a felony and the immigrants themselves were conspiring with the coyote to commit a felony.

Arizona law allows a private citizen to make a legal arrest if a felony has been committed and the citizen believes that the person he is arresting committed the felony....

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You've got to love that one. There is, of course, more to the story. You can't just pull your gun on anyone you happen to think is an illegal immigrant. Here's the Patrick Haab defense website which was created when he was arrested.

Posted by Jeff at April 21, 2005 11:49 PM

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