Corrupt US border agents to be sentenced

Since 2004, over 150 Border Patrol agents have been charged with some form of corruption, including taking bribes and cooperating with human trafficking groups.

Raul and Fidel Villarreal, who are both former Border Patrol agents, will both be sentenced today for running a smuggling operation.

The operation, which was run along the international border in San Diego, was lucrative for the brothers. The prosecution argued that they smuggled thousands of people across the border in exchange for $10,000 per group of ten people. Officers estimate that they earned between $1 and $2.5 million.

The UT news did not report any mitigation argued by defense counsel, which is an essential ingredient and a key component beyond the defense and offense one argues on behalf of a client who has been charged with and/or convicted of a crime. The reader is left to ask whether this aspect of the presentation at sentencing was not emphasized at all or only minimally.

 

Ratings and Reviews

Top ContributorAward 2012Samuel Eugene Spital Samuel Eugene SpitalReviewsout of 207 reviews
10.0Samuel Eugene Spital Samuel Eugene SpitalClients’ ChoiceAward 2020 Clients Choice Winner, 2007 to 2019 in Administrative Law Clients Choice Winner, 2007 to 2019 in Litigation avvo rated 10/10 in Federal Crime Law avvo rated 10/10 in Administrative Law avvo rated 10/10 in Criminal Defense avvo rated 10/10 in Juvenile Law avvo rated 10/10 in Licensing avvo rated 10/10 in Personal Injury avvo rated 2012