SCOTUS Rules 5-4 To Reject Suit By Family Of Mexican Boy Killed In Cross-Border Shooting By Border Patrol

Reuters reports:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent for fatally shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Mexican soil from across the border in Texas, refusing to open the door for foreign nationals to pursue civil rights cases in American courts in such incidents.

The court ruled 5-4 to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit against the agent, Jesus Mesa, who was standing on the U.S. side of the border when he shot Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca in the face in the 2010 incident.

The court, with the five conservative justices in the majority and the four liberals dissenting, refused to allow people who are not in the US at the time of a cross-border incident to file civil rights lawsuits in federal court.