BUSTED: Mass. Judge Charged For Helping Illegal Escape ICE Agents

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Posted: May 09, 2019 7:50 PM
BUSTED: Mass. Judge Charged For Helping Illegal Escape ICE Agents

Source: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

So, this occurred at the tail end of April, but it’s still ridiculous. A judge, Shelley Richmond, in Massachusetts has been charged for helping an illegal alien evade Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The illegal in question, Jose Medina-Perez, is no Mr. Rogers. He was at the courthouse in Newton for drug charges. He also had a warrant for a DUI in Pennsylvania. The judge at the center of this mess ordered that the illegal alien be sent to the basement, where he was let out the back door. She knew the ICE agent was waiting in the lobby. It’s a classic example of judicial activism run amok. Oh, and the state attorney general called the charge a politically motivated attack on the courts. Liberal America has no shame (via NYT):

Federal prosecutors charged a state judge and a former court officer in Massachusetts with obstruction of justice on Thursday for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant escape from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer at a courthouse last year.

The indictment of the judge, Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, 51, and the officer, Wesley MacGregor, 56, was a dramatic turn in the long-running clash between the Trump administration and state governments that have resisted its hard-line approach to immigration.

Prosecutors accused Judge Joseph and Mr. MacGregor of letting their beliefs trump federal immigration law when they allegedly helped the man, who was not named in the indictment, sneak out of Newton District Courthouse in Newton, Mass., in March 2018. The judge ordered the man to go to a basement facility, where he was let out a back door, rather than into the lobby, where she knew that an ICE officer was waiting for him, prosecutors say.

“The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a statement. “We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law.”

Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts sharply criticized the charges.

“Today’s indictment is a radical and politically motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts,” Ms. Healey, a Democrat, said in a statement. “It is a bedrock principle of our constitutional system that federal prosecutors should not recklessly interfere with the operation of state courts and their administration of justice.”

Oh, and this illegal alien had previously been deported as well. All of this occurred, as the situation on the border remains in chaos. The apprehension figures released yesterday show that there were over 100,000 arrests, the highest surge in 12 years. We have a border crisis. Department of Homeland Security does not have enough money to deal with the situation. And we have liberal judges in the Northeast helping criminals escape law enforcement. It’s a madhouse.