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Fri Mar 3, 2017, 12:35 AM

San Diego judge poised to approve $1 million settlement in border death case

A San Diego federal judge on Thursday tentatively approved the U.S. government’s offer to pay $1 million to the children of a Mexican man who died after being beaten and shot with a Taser at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, ending seven years of litigation in the lawsuit that has brought national attention to use of force at the border.

The settlement, after attorney fees, will be dispersed among the five children of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, including his 10-year-old son and daughter who appeared in court. The San Diego fifth-graders were 3 when their father was killed following the confrontation on May 28, 2010.

“This agreement is not justice,” said Hernandez Rojas’ common-law wife, Maria Puga, at a news conference following the hearing. “My husband’s life does not have a price. The decision had to be taken and it was difficult. We had to turn the page.”

The settlement required a judge’s approval because two of the children are minors.

Read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-hernandez-settlement-20170302-story.html

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