A nice bit of midweek news. An activist judge in Massachusetts is being prosecuted for obstruction of justice for allegedly helping an illegal alien evade a federal agent.
A federal grand jury in Boston on Thursday indicted a Newton District Court judge and a now-retired state court officer on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade a federal agent who had appeared at the courthouse to detain him last year.
The unusual charge against a sitting judge infuriated immigration advocates and state Attorney General Maura Healey, who called it “politically motivated,’’ but it was praised by others.
The judge, Shelley Richmond Joseph, 51, faces up to 20 years in prison for charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding for helping a Dominican national flee from the back entrance of the Newton courthouse last April, according to Massachusetts US Attorney Andrew Lelling. Wesley MacGregor, a former court officer who allegedly helped the defendant sneak out, was also indicted.
And the details, tucked away further down after several paragraphs laced with quotes about how this is politically motivated, Trump’s fault, blah blah blah.
According to the indictment, an officer from Immigration and Customs Enforcement was dispatched to Newton on April 2, 2018, to detain Jose Medina-Perez, a Dominican national who had entered the country illegally three times.
Medina-Perez, who had been arrested by Newton police on March 30 on charges of drug possession and being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania, was identified by the initials A.S., for “alien subject,’’ in the indictment, which detailed the events of that day.
The immigration officer, who was dressed in plainclothes, arrived at court around 9:30 a.m. with a warrant and identified himself to court personnel, including the court clerk who alerted Joseph to his presence.
The officer, who was not identified in the indictment, took a seat in a section of the courtroom reserved for the public.
Shortly after the case was called, the clerk told the officer to leave the courtroom and go outside.
The clerk told the officer that if A.S. was released, he would leave the courtroom through the lobby. The officer waited there.
Inside the courtroom, the lawyer for A.S., David Jellinek, told Joseph that his client would be deported if the ICE officer detained him, according to a recording of the proceeding.
“Can we go off the record for a moment?” Joseph asked the clerk.
The courtroom recorder was turned off for 52 seconds, in violation of Trial Court rules.
“The judge and the defense attorney then conspired to have A.S. released out the back door of the courthouse,” Lelling said.
The recorder was turned back on and Jellinek could be heard asking if he could go with A.S. downstairs. “I believe he has some property downstairs,” said Jellinek, who was not identified in the indictment.
After the proceeding, MacGregor escorted A.S., his lawyer, and an interpreter downstairs where he used his security key to let A.S. out the back door.
“The ICE officer . . . did not know that A.S. had been released and in fact sat there waiting for someone . . . who was already gone,” Lelling said.
Look at how they frame this story: how it is unprecedented and a political attack that a judge is being prosecuted in this manner. Then look at what they are defending: an illegal alien who entered the country illegally three times that we know of and on trial again, arrested for possession of drugs and fleeing who knows what other crimes in Pennsylvania. The judge sent out the ICE officer and assisted in helping the illegal alien escape. And they want to paint this as a political hit piece, as if this woman was doing some wonderful and admirable act by letting a criminal escape. This is the state of America in 2019.
I really cannot empathize at all or understand at all what the motivation is for hardcore leftists to take the position of letting these people go. It is not humane, just, or right on any level to allow criminals like this to go free or to be above the law of the country they have illegally entered in the first place. Nor is it a judge’s job to take the law into their own hands and blatantly put the public at risk by ASSISTING in the escape of a convict. Let’s hope they convict this activist judge to the fullest extent possible. The judiciary system has become a way to circumvent the law to push (or obstruct) political agendas. Unfortunately it takes years to weed out these traitors, but this is a good start.