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Judge orders jury to continue deliberations in border activist's trial

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 20:06:53-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal jury has told Judge Raner Collins it is having trouble agreeing on a verdict in the trial of Dr. Scott Warren, an activist near Arizona's southern border charged with conspiracy and harboring undocumented migrants.

Late Monday Judge Collins read the jury a version of "The Allen Charge" an order that recognizes jurors are having trouble reaching a decision but that they must try again to reach a verdict.

The jury will resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

Scott Warren is a volunteer for a humanitarian aid group who was arrested in early 2018.

Prosecutors charge Warren conspired to harbor two immigrants, saying they weren't in distress when Warren provided them with food and shelter in a building used to aid sick migrants who have just crossed into the U.S.

Warren says he was fulfilling his duty to help others when he encountered the migrants near the Mexico border.

The trial has been condemned by critics who say President Donald Trump's administration is targeting border activists.