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(CNSNews.com) - A Massachusetts District Court Judge and a court officer face obstruction of justice charges for helping an illegal alien defendant avoid an ICE officer who intended to take him into custody.
Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph, 51, appointed as a Massachusetts District Court Judge in November 2017, and Wesley MacGregor, 56, a trial court Officer since 1993, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of obstruction of justice (aiding and abetting).
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MacGregor also charged with one count of perjury, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Both have pleaded not guilty.
According to court documents:
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On March 30, 2018, Newton Police arrested and charged an alien defendant with being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania and narcotics possession. The suspect had twice been deported from the United States, in 2003 and 2007, and was under a federal order to stay out of the country for 20 years.
After learning of the defendant’s arrest, ICE issued a Federal Immigration Detainer and Warrant of Removal, which stated that the defendant was subject to removal from the United States. On April 2, 2018, Newton Police transferred custody of the defendant to Newton District Court, where Judge Joseph was presiding.
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At 9:30 a.m. on April 2, 2018, a plainclothes ICE officer arrived at the court to take custody of the defendant following his release from the court's jurisdiction. The officer announced his presence to courthouse personnel, including Judge Joseph, upon arrival. Before the afternoon session, the courtroom clerk -- at Judge Joseph’s direction -- allegedly instructed the ICE officer to leave the courtroom and wait outside in the lobby, stating that if the defendant were released, he would go through the courtroom and into the lobby.
At 2:48 p.m. the defendant's case was called and the proceedings were captured on...
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