Ruling that the public’s interest outweighed the defendant’s need for anonymity, U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins ordered the release of the name of the Border Patrol agent who on October 10, 2012, killed a Mexican teenager in Nogales in a cross-border shooting.

Sean Chapman, attorney for Lonnie Swartz, the agent who fatally shot 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez as he was walking along the street on the Mexican side of the border, argued that his client’s name should be kept sealed.

"We’ve heard Mr. Chapman flip the burden to the public to provide the reason for unsealing it. Exactly the opposite is true," said Chris Moeser, a lawyer for Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. who owns The Arizona Republic.


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