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Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

NPR | by Steve Inskeep

The new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection says he is reviewing scores of incidents in which agents have used deadly force.

He provides his first extensive interview regarding the agency's use of force policy and criticisms of a culture of secrecy.

"I can promise you on these cases involving force and the reviews that are going on that we will be following through," Kerlikowske says. "I'll be examining these with a group of people here in CBP, leadership within the Border Patrol and others that are just as absolutely concerned as I am at getting things resolved.

Click HERE to listen to NPR's interview with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.

U.S. Court: Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Had Rights

NPR | by John Burnett, July 1, 2014

The appeals court ruled that the teenager shot and killed on U.S. soil can claim constitutional protection. The ruling reverses part of a lower court decision in a lawsuit filed by the boy's family.

Texas Lawyers Achieve Historic Civil Rights Victory in Shooting Death by U.S. Border Patrol Agents

Bob Hilliard and Steve Shadowen, principals at Texas law firm Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales LLP, and Hilliard Shadowen, LLP win a historic civil rights victory for the family of a 15-year-old boy killed by United States Border Patrol agents in El Paso. In a ruling today by the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the court rejected the Border Patrol’s claim of immunity for its agents who fired the fatal shots across the border into Mexico.

Steve Shadowen Argues Against Niaspan Motion to Dismiss

Law360 reports on oral argument over Defendants' motion to dismiss in the Niaspan Case

Plaintiffs pursuing class actions against AbbVie Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. over allegedly improper pay-for-delay settlements aimed at barring generic versions of the cholesterol drug Niaspan from entering the market have failed to show they were injured by the deal, a Pennsylvania federal judge heard Tuesday.


“They are trying to require us to plead evidence,” Shadowen said. “Our allegations after discovery and depositions are going to be more fulsome than they are now, no doubt about it. But that's not the standard.”

Border Patrol Amends Use-of-Force Policy

Bowing to pressure from Congress, human rights organizations, and human rights litigation (including from Hilliard & Shadowen), the U.S. Border Patrol recently announced that it has amended its use-of-force policy to prohibit treating alleged rock-throwing as per se lethal force in response to which agents could shoot to kill. 

Hilliard & Shadowen continues to pressure Border Patrol over excessive use of force

Hilliard & Shadowen continues to pursue human rights litigation against the United States over border patrol agents' unlawful killing of Mexican nationals in response to alleged rock-throwing.