11/14/2012 01:02:07 PM EST
Defense Lawyers: Some Witnesses Deported Too Soon
"Defense attorneys and public defenders across the country say Garcia's case illustrates what has become a troubling, systemic problem in the criminal justice system. They say defendants facing charges including murder, human smuggling, alien harboring and employing illegal immigrants are having a hard time keeping people who could help in their defense in the country. They blame a fractured federal justice system, where government prosecutors select who they want to use as witnesses, and the rest get deported by federal immigration officials." - Alan Gomez, USA Today, Nov. 13, 2012.