Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Arizona Judge Tosses Tucson Cop's Liability Lawsuit

By Dave Gibson

Policeman's suit alleged tough new immigration law would cost him in court if he enforces it

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton dismissed a lawsuit filed by Tucson police officer Martin Escobar, who alleged he would be subject to civil liability for violating the rights of others in enforcing SB1070.

Judge Bolton granted Gov. Jan Brewer's legal team’s request and dismissed Escobar’s suit, saying that he lacks legal standing.

Brewer applauded the ruling, stating: “I strongly believe that Arizona will ultimately prevail in all of these legal challenges.”

Escobar is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico and was brought to this country by his parents when he was five years old.

So far, two of the seven challenges to SB1070 have been dismissed.

One of the remaining suits was filed by Phoenix police officer David Salgado.

Mr. Gibson's latest book, "Replacing Americans: The Deadly Consequences of an Open Border with Mexico," is a Barnes & Noble selection. - Ed.

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