CORTE SUPREMA DA FALLO A FAVOR DE NIÑO MEXICANO ACRIBILLADO POR AGENTE
  • June 26, 2017

Hoy, la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos desestimó la opinión de la Corte de Apelaciones del Quinto Circuito y sostuvo que un mexicano de quince años de edad, de pie en México cuando fue acribillado por un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza desde los Estados Unidos, puede tener protecciones constitucionales bajo la Cuarta Enmienda. Sergio Adrián Hernández Güereca, un adolescente desarmado, jugaba con sus amigos en una alcantarilla cerca de la frontera de Estados Unidos y México cuando fue asesinado el 7 de junio de 2010 por el agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza de EE. UU., Jesús Mesa, Jr.

Robert C. Hilliard, representante de la familia del adolescente, argumentó el caso ante la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos el 21 de febrero de 2017, argumentando que las protecciones de la Cuarta Enmienda de la Constitución pueden aplicarse a no ciudadanos como Hernández que, estando de pie en su propio país, son víctimas de la fuerza excesiva por un agente de la patrulla fronteriza de Estados Unidos que se encuentra de pie en suelo estadounidense.

El Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos desestimó la opinión de la Corte del Quinto Circuito y envió el caso nuevamente para considerar los puntos que el Quinto Circuito no abordó con respecto al derecho de Hernández a demandar.

El Lic. Hilliard declaró:

“Los Estados Unidos fueron concebidos bajo la protección y el poder de una Constitución única para el mundo. Hoy la Corte le recordó a este país y a todas las demás naciones que nuestra Constitución significa lo que dice. El estado de derecho gobierna. Se verificará y revisará el poder otorgado a la aplicación de la ley por la Constitución y, si se utiliza fuerza excesiva, habrá consecuencias constitucionales.

Esperamos volver y argumentar ante el Quinto Circuito que las protecciones de la Cuarta Enmienda se aplican a Sergio ya otros como él.

Los agentes de la patrulla fronteriza deben respetar la Constitución, misma juraron mantener. Cuando sacan sus armas y apuntan a través de nuestra frontera, ahora saben que ésta no es una zona libre de matanza, donde la anarquía permanece impune y los tiroteos no se investigan. Esta decisión afirma que el derecho a la vida es el derecho humano más fundamental y que protegerlo es primordial en nuestra sociedad.

El nivel aparentemente sin precedentes de mala conducta cotidiana por parte del poder ejecutivo de nuestro país requiere una mayor vigilancia judicial y, cuando sea necesario, una respuesta inequívoca clara y fuerte de nuestros tribunales. Hoy, la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos revisó las acciones y el poder del ejecutivo. Al hacerlo, esperamos que el resultado sea una nación más fuerte en su lucha constante contra la injusticia. Nuestros líderes deben estar sujetos al poder de las verdades constitucionales inatacables, ya que éstas son el baluarte de nuestra democracia y el génesis de nuestra libertad ".

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U. S. SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF 15-YEAR-OLD MEXICAN NATIONAL KILLED BY BORDER PATROL AGENT
  • June 26, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 26, 2017) Today, the United States Supreme Court vacated the opinion of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and held that a fifteen-year-old Mexican national, standing on Mexican soil and shot by a border patrol agent standing in the United States, may indeed have Fourth Amendment constitutional protections. Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, an unarmed teenager, was playing with his friends in a concrete culvert near the U.S./Mexico border when he was shot and killed on June 7, 2010 by U.S. Border Patrol agent, Jesus Mesa, Jr.

Robert C. Hilliard, representing the teenager’s family, argued the case before the United States Supreme Court on February 21, 2017, contending that the protections of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment may apply to noncitizens like Hernandez who, while standing in their own country, are the victims of excessive force by a U.S. border patrol agent standing in the U.S.

The United States Supreme Court vacated the opinion of Fifth Circuit and sent the case back to consider issues the Fifth Circuit did not address regarding Hernandez’s right to sue.

Mr. Hilliard stated:

“America was conceived under the protection and power of a Constitution unique to the world. The Court today reminded this country and all other nations that our Constitution means what it says. The rule of law governs. Power given to law enforcement by the Constitution will be checked and reviewed, and, if excessive force is used, there will be constitutional consequences.

We look forward to going back and arguing to the Fifth Circuit that Fourth Amendment protections apply to Sergio and others like him.

Border patrol agents must abide by the very Constitution they took an oath to uphold. When they draw their weapons and aim across our border, they now know that this is not a free killing zone, where lawlessness is unchecked and shootings are not investigated. This decision affirms that the right to life is the single most fundamental human right and protecting it is paramount in our society.

The seemingly unprecedented level of daily misbehavior by our country’s executive branch requires heightened judicial vigilance and, when necessary, an unequivocally clear and strong response from our Courts. Today, the United States Supreme Court checked the actions and power of the executive branch. By doing so, hopefully they have made our nation stronger in its ever-evolving battle against injustice. Our leaders must be subject to the power of unassailable constitutional truths, as these are the bulwark of our democracy and the genesis of our freedom.”

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FEDERAL COURT UNANIMOUSLY UPHOLDS $11.4 VERDICT AGAINST TOYOTA
  • June 09, 2017
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The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit issued a unanimous decision affirming the jury’s award in a case involving a fatal car crash caused by a defective Toyota Camry. The accident also sent a man to prison for nearly three years for a crime he did not commit.

FATAL CRASH LEADS TO WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT
On August 5, 2010, Koua Fong Lee, a Hmong immigrant, was returning with his family from a church celebration when the brakes of his Toyota Camry failed, causing a violent collision that killed three passengers in the other vehicle and seriously injured two others. Mr. Lee couldn’t control his vehicle because a design defect caused sudden unintended acceleration. Because Toyota suppressed information about other incidents of sudden unintended acceleration, Mr. Lee was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide and spent over two years in prison.

NEW TRIAL PROVES INNOCENCE
Bob Hilliard’s pursuit of a new trial proved that Toyota’s design defect was the true cause of the deadly accident. The State dropped all charges against Mr. Lee, who was released from prison after serving two and a half years of an eight-year prison sentence.

$11.4 MILLION JURY AWARD
In February 2015, in a subsequent civil trial, a jury found that Toyota was liable for design defects and awarded a total of $11.4 million — the single largest verdict against Toyota for sudden unintended acceleration.

TOYOTA TRIES AND FAILS TO HAVE AWARD OVERTURNED
Trying to avoid paying the multi-million-dollar award, in March 2015 Toyota asked the Court to declare that Mr. Lee’s Camry did not have a design defect, or to grant a new trial. Toyota claimed that evidence presented at trial did not prove that the accident was caused by a design defect. The trial judge issued an order stating, “The jury deliberated for five days before reaching its unanimous verdict. The Court is convinced the jury discharged their duties diligently and with care. The verdict did not result in a miscarriage of justice warranting a new trial.”

THE 8TH CIRCUIT’S DECISION ENDS THE NIGHTMARE
Toyota appealed the Court’s decision to the 8th Circuit, which subsequently ruled, “The plaintiffs presented sufficient evidence from which a jury could find that the 1996 Camry contained a design defect.”

“The 8th Circuit opinion is well reasoned and thoughtful, sounding in strong legal precedent,” said Bob Hilliard, who took on Toyota to remedy Mr. Lee’s unjust conviction and who continues to fight on his behalf. “Koua and his family are finally able to see the end of this Toyota-created nightmare. Toyota has refused to accept its clear responsibility, instead allowing its own customers to be killed and injured. The company dishonored itself and tarnished its own image for almost a decade by denying this defect. I hope the Court’s decision will motivate Toyota to change its shameful conduct and carefully consider its corporate responsibility when a defect kills and injures.”

LONG HOURS, HARD WORK PAY OFF 

“I am proud of my trial team for their hard work. Days like today, when justice is finally delivered, make the long hours of preparation worth it,” said Mr. Hilliard.

Co-counsel X. Kevin Zhao added, “It was an honor, personally and professionally, to represent Koua in this case and serve as co-counsel with some of the best trial and appellate lawyers in the country. Bob Hilliard was confident, persuasive, and ferocious in advocating for Mr. Lee, but always maintained courtesy and respect for opposing counsel. I could not be happier for Koua and his family.”