Arizona judge releases Border Patrol agent's name

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday disclosed the name of a U.S. Border Patrol agent being sued in the fatal shooting of a Mexican teenager during a 2012 rock-throwing incident in Nogales, Sonora.

U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins made the decision after hearing arguments on whether the name of agent Lonnie Swartz should remain confidential as his lawyer had asked.

Collins said the public interest outweighed Swartz's need for anonymity. The judge added, however, that no other information about the agent should be released.

The family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez had been given the name under the condition that it be kept confidential pending the hearing.

The Border Patrol has refused to provide any details about the shooting or the names of the agents involved.

The agency has said the boy was among a group of people throwing rocks at agents across the border. His family contends he was just walking in the neighborhood as he returned home after playing basketball.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the boy's family, which opposed the agent's confidentiality request.

The Arizona Republic newspaper also sought to have the agent's name and other information released.


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