Illegal Immigrants Awarded $78,000 For Being Held At Gun Point While Trespassing
There’s a lot of back story here, and I’m not real interested in getting into it all. I’m just wondering how a property owner can be held liable for detaining trespassers on his property at gun point until law enforcement comes?
A federal jury found Tuesday that a southern Arizona rancher didn’t violate the civil rights of a group of illegal immigrants who claimed that he detained them at gunpoint in 2004.
The eight-member civil jury also found Roger Barnett wasn’t liable on claims of battery and false imprisonment.
But the jury did find him liable on four claims of assault and four claims of infliction of emotional distress and ordered Barnett to pay $77,804 in damages — $60,000 of which were punitive.
Barnett declined to comment afterward, but one of his attorneys, David Hardy, said the plaintiffs lost on the bulk of their claims and that Barnett has a good basis for appeal on the two counts on which he lost.
$77,804. Because he emotionally distressed some illegal immigrants trespassing on his property.
Guess property rights and self defense rights don’t matter any more.