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Massachusetts judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and her court officer Wesley MacGregor are being charged with obstruction of justice for allowing an illegal immigrant, Jose Medina-Perez, to exit through a back door knowing an ICE agent was waiting outside to arrest him. From the Boston Herald:
MacGregor, the court officer that day in the Newton court, allowed the suspect to bolt out a back door, the feds state.
Description - WCVB - Reports - Judge - Joseph
That description is a bit more passive than what actually happened. WCVB 5 reports Judge Joseph didn’t just allow Medina-Perez to run off, she came up with a plan to facilitate his escape with his defense attorney:
Out: AOC. In: Li'l AOC.
ICE - Order - Immigration - Detainer - Officer
ICE issued an order for a federal immigration detainer and sent an officer to the courthouse.
In the courtroom, Joseph ordered the courtroom recording device to be turned off in order to conceal the conversation about the plan, the indictment said.
Indictment - United - States - Attorney - Andrew
According to the indictment filed by United States Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, MacGregor agreed with the immigrant’s defense attorney to release the immigrant through a rear door in order to evade the federal officers. Joseph participated by creating a pretext for the immigrant to be brought downstairs for “further interview” so he could be released through that door, the indictment said.
Newtown, Massachusetts, where this took place is a sanctuary city. Heavy reports that means police are not required to help federal agents arrest someone. However, authorities aren’t allowed...
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