TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Federal Court judge in Tucson dropped charges against a local humanitarian volunteer who was arrested while trying to help migrants in the desert.
The decision came on Thursday, Feb. 27 — the day Scott Warren was supposed to be sentenced for a misdemeanor conviction of driving in a wilderness area while working with No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes.
Federal prosecutors requested the dismissal in a last-minute filing, which was granted by Senior District Judge Raner Collins.
In a statement released from the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey said humanitarian groups like No More Deaths need to follow the law.
Warren was acquitted of felony charges for giving aid to migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border in November 2019. Defense attorneys for Warren cited religious freedom exception from the charges.
Greg Kuykendall, Warren’s defense attorney, affirmed his argument that humanitarian aid “is not a crime" following Thursday’s dropped charges, according to a statement from No More Deaths.