By: Janet Smiles
Reported in the Blaze:
Murdered Border Agent‘s Family Denied ’Victim’ Status by U.S. Attorney
Murdered U.S. border agent Brian Terry’s family wants justice, but it appears federal prosecutors are trying to ensure their voices are not heard at trial.
Fox News is reporting that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona has opposed a routine motion to allow the Terry family to be considered crime victims by the court. Victim status would allow the Terry family to speak during the sentencing phase of a trial.
The Terry family has requested victim status in the trial of Jamie Avila, the 23-year-old Phoenix man who allegedly bought the gun that ended up in Mexican cartel hands and was used to kill Terry. Generally speaking, defense attorneys are the ones who oppose victim status motions in the court in order to protect the accused.
But in this instance, it was the prosecutor — the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix — that did not want victim status to be conferred.
That has raised questions about a possible conflict of interest for the United States Attorney Dennis Burke, who has claimed the Terry family was not “directly or proximately harmed” by the gun purchases. Burke also claimed that “society in general” and not a particular person was harmed by Avila’s alleged weapons purchases.
Killing a law enforcement officer is a high crime in every jurisdiction of America. No one has the authority to declare that killing a policeman (a border guard is a protector of the national security) is merely an abhorrent cultural act, like spitting on the sidewalk. Do you really believe this? Are you willing to let self-serving, anti-American, lawbreakers in the Department of Justice make this determination the decision of the law enforcing branch of the United States?
The answer to this outrage needs to be swift, vocal and undeniable. Rise up America for justice to be served on behalf of Agent Brian Terry and all the brave men and women who are serving us by fighting drug runners, criminals, and rapists who seek to invade our country.