A Judge and a Massachusetts court officer accused of helping an illegal immigrant flee an immigration and customs agency seeking to detain him was jailed by a grand jury on Thursday for obstructing justice and three other indictments,
Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, Judge of the Newton District Court, and the court officer identified in court documents as Wesley MacGregor, face several charges for an incident on April 2, 2018, in which the Couple allegedly Jose Medina-Perez had helped to get out of the courthouse a back door to escape the ICE agent who had been looking for Medina-Perez.
"In this case, it's about the rule of law. In today's indictment, the allegations are hinted at by a seated judge, that is, a deliberate manipulation of federal law enforcement, and that's a crime, "said US attorney for the Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Massachusetts district Lelling said on Thursday.
Joseph and MacGregor were both charged with obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting; Obstruction of federal procedures, support and conspiracy to obstruct the judiciary, said Lelling. MacGregor was also charged with perjury in front of a state grand jury.
"As civil servants, all officials in the court make a promise – a pledge to serve people's interests, and today we know that promise has been broken," said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, who led the investigation.
Medina-Perez, a twice-deported illegal immigrant with a pending drunken driving warrant in Pennsylvania, had been to Joseph The Boston Globe reported that the courtroom had been sued for drug offenses.
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Medina Perez was the subject of an ICE detainee – a written request to detain a person destined for deportation for up to 48 hours – and an ICE agent was waiting in the courthouse's lobby to visit Medina. To arrest Perez after the arrest. Officials said. During the hearing, Joseph Medina-Perez & # 39; s lawyer asked, "ICE is catching him?" According to court records received by the Boston Globe in December and published on Thursday in court documents.
The lawyer of Medina-Perez was also heard Joseph "ICE picks him up when he walks through the front door. But I think the best we can do is sort out the fugitive thing and release it in a personal area. I hope he can avoid ICE. That's the best I can do.
"What if we hold him? "The judge, before asking the clerk to turn off the courtroom sound recorder, remained unmarked for almost a minute.
Minutes later, Medina-Perez's lawyer said that his client" has something downstairs "and needs an interpreter Joseph would be allowed to speak.
MacGregor then used his security card to bring Medina-Perez out of the courthouse without being seen by the ICE agent, officials said.
"While the recorder was off, they were discussing the defendant Joseph and the defense lawyer planning a way to have AS [Medina-Perez] avoid being arrested by the ICE officer, "it says in court documents.
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The agent was waiting in the lobby, not knowing that the illegal immigrant had already left the building, Lelling said and added to Joseph that he had lied to his superior.
"People in this country earn nothing less than knowing that their appointed and elected representatives work on their behalf while upholding and enforcing the rule of law, not a personal agenda". Fitzhugh said. "The special agents of Homeland Security Investigations are still committed to keeping our promise to the public without compromise."
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Joseph was appointed Newton The District Judge of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2017 after serving as a defense lawyer and prosecutor for several years, reported the Boston Globe.
Following reports of Joseph's alleged intervention in December, Baker told reporters that he believed Joseph should be a member of the bank while the incident was being investigated.
"I do not think she should hear criminal cases until the federal case is settled," Baker said of Joseph. "Look, judges should not interfere with the judiciary, and as far as I can tell, on the basis of the facts in which they were presented, it has clearly violated the court 's own guidelines as to how they deal with the law Bypass survival and federal immigration authorities. "
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The freedom of Medina-Perez was short-lived, he was a month later after the trial Arrested and released this time by an immigration judge who told him that he was released from Boston Bond, the case is currently pending, officials said: The 38-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was previously deported in January 2003 and June 2007, ICE said His real name is Oscar Manuel Peguero, although he proceeds several times aliases.