One of the key components of the ATF-DOJ Gun Smuggling scandal--also known as 'Project Gunwalker'--that brought the illegal activity of the federal government into public view was the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry was allegedly shot to death with one of the guns that the ATF walked across the border and placed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
A U.S. Attorney representing the District of Arizona requested that the U.S. District Court deny victim status for the parents of murdered Border Patrol Agent Terry.
The attorney representing the parents of Brian Terry had filed a motion that would grant them 'victim status' in the case. Terry's parents had maintained that as representatives of their murdered son in court they should be given the right to intervene in the case as victims, given that Terry had been a target of drug cartel criminals.