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Judge rules women can't get monetary relief in Border Patrol lawsuit

Other motions in case under consideration


October 3, 2019

Havre Daily News/Derek Hann

The sun shines on the Missouri River Courthouse in Great Falls. After a federal court hearing in the courthouse, U.S. District Judge John Morris ruled that Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez cannot receive compensatory and punitive monetary damages in their lawsuit alleging they were illagelly detained by a Border Patrol agent for speaking Spanish, but is considering other motions in the case.

GREAT FALLS - A judge ruled Wednesday that two women suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection can't receive punitive or compensatory damages for what they allege was an unconstitutional detainment made specifically because they speak Spanish, and is considering arguments on other motions to dismiss.

Havreites Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez in February sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its commissioner, Keven McAleenan, and Border Patrol Agent Paul O'Neal along with unspecified people in their individual and official capacities, for what they said was an unconstitutional 40-minute...

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