Court closes courthouse door on slain Mexican teen’s family


In this June 7, 2010 file photo, Mexican federal police and forensic experts stand next to the body of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca, 15, under the Paso Del Norte border bridge, as U.S. officials watch from the U.S. side at right, in Ciudad Juarez, northern Mexico. On Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015, a federal appeals court in New Orleans revisits the question of whether the Mexican teenager’s rights were violated under the U.S. Constitution when he was killed in his home country by a bullet allegedly fired by a federal agent from across the border in Texas.(AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday, in a 5-4 ruling, closed the courthouse door on the parents of a Mexican teenager who was shot dead over the border by an American agent.

The court’s five conservative justices ruled that the parents could not sue Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., who killed their unarmed 15-year-old son in 2010.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court that the case is tragic, but that strong border security and international relations issues led to the ruling against the parents of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for her liberal colleagues, disagreed, saying the parents’ lawsuit does not endanger border security or U.S. foreign policy.

Mesa fired into Mexico, striking and killing Sergio, who was playing a game with friends on a June evening, running through a culvert and over the border, touching it, and running back. Mesa rode up on a bicycle, took Sergio’s friend into custody, then fired across the border, killing Sergio with a gunshot wound to the face.

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