Verdict Pending on U.S. Customs Violation Case
DETROIT (AP) — A Canadian woman says she was the victim of an illegal body search by a U.S. border officer at the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.
Jurors in Detroit federal court heard closing arguments Tuesday and deliberated for a few hours. They're returning Wednesday.
Leslie Ingratta of Windsor, Ontario, sued two female officers who work for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The 36-year-old says her bare breasts were fondled and her groin was aggressively rubbed outside her clothing by an officer while the other watched.
The government denies the allegations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Derri Thomas says the officers wouldn't risk their careers. She says Ingratta's story doesn't "add up."
Ingratta's attorney, David Nacht (NOCT), says her rights were violated in the 2011 incident. He's asking the jury for up to $100,000, plus punitive damages.