Judge Shelley M Richmond Joseph left court in tears after being indicted on obstruction of justice charges for helping an illegal immigrant evade immigration officials.
Judge Shelley M Richmond Joseph and trial court officer Wesley MacGregor are accused of conspiring to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from taking an undocumented immigrant into custody at Newton District Court on April 2, 2018.
Joseph had allegedly ordered the courtroom recording device to be turned off for 52 seconds while she and the defendant Jose Medina-Perez’s lawyer had a conversation about getting him out of the courthouse instead of handing him over to an ICE officer, according to the indictment. MacGregor allegedly used his access badge to release Medina-Perez through a rear door.
Joseph was seen crying when she left federal court in Boston Thursday.
The American Civil Liberties Union also released a statement alleging the charges were the result of President Donald Trump’s ‘anti-immigrant agenda’.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey deemed that the prosecution was a ‘radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts’.
Medina-Perez, who had been deported on two prior occasions, was arrested four days earlier for drug possession and being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania. Medina-Perez remains at large.
ICE became aware of his arrest after his fingerprints were processed and an order was issued for a federal immigration detainer.
Justice has been served! Just like a true liberal, she blames Trump because she can’t follow the law. So glad to see justice. This liberal judge is going to face consequences for her unlawful and misguided actions. Starting with sanctuary cities, we need to hold people accountable for not following the law!
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