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A left-wing activist judge from Newton, Massachusetts who helped an illegal immigrant flee an ICE agent waiting outside her courtroom has...

Judge Who Helped Illegal Immigrant Escape ICE Has Been Indicted

A left-wing activist judge from Newton, Massachusetts who helped an illegal immigrant flee an ICE agent waiting outside her courtroom has been indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts, including obstruction of justice.
District Court Judge Shelley M. Richard Joseph is facing several charges stemming from an incident that occurred in her courtroom on April 2, 2018. The court officer who was present at the time, Wesley MacGregor, has also been indicted.
Fox News is reporting that the judge and the court officer were caught on tape scheming to help Jose Medina-Perez sneak out of the courthouse via a back door, specifically to elude the ICE agent who was waiting to detain Medina-Perez.
Medina-Perez is a twice-deported illegal immigrant who was in Joseph’s courtroom for drug charges. He also had a fugitive warrant for a drunken driving charge in Pennsylvania. The Dominican Republic native had been previously deported in January 2003 and June 2007, ICE said. His real name is Oscar Manuel Peguero, but he goes by 13 different aliases.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said, “This case is about the rule of law. 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.”
Lelling announced that Joseph and MacGregor were both charged with obstruction of justice, aiding and abetting; obstruction of a federal proceeding, aiding and abetting and conspiracy to obstruct justice. MacGregor has also been charged with perjury before a federal grand jury.
ICE had submitted a detainer for Medina-Perez, and an agent was waiting in the lobby of the courthouse to detain him after the arraignment. During the hearing, Judge Joseph asked Medina-Perez’s attorney “Is ICE going to gt him?” The lawyer responded “ICE will pick him up if he walks out the front door. But I think the best thing for us to do is clear the fugitive issue and release him on a personal, and hope that he can avoid ICE…That’s the best I can do.”
The judge then told the clerk to turn off the courtroom’s audio recorder.
Minutes later, MacGregor used is security access card to escort Medina-Perez out of the courthouse without being seen by the ICE agent.
Court documents state “With the recorder off, defendant Joseph and the Defense Attorney discussed devising a way to have Medina-Perez avoid being arrested by the ICE officer.”
The ICE agent continued to wait in the lobby not knowing the illegal immigrant already left the building, Lelling said, adding Joseph “lied about the incident” to her superiors when asked about it.
Judge Shelley M. Richard Joseph breaks down in tears after being arrested.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker appointed Judge Joseph in 2017. But even the Gov. Baker was outraged by the judge’s behavior.
“Look, judges are not supposed to be in the business of obstructing justice,” Baker said. “And as far as I can tell, based on the facts as they were presented, she clearly violated the court’s own policies with respect to the way they’re supposed to handle continuance and involve federal immigration enforcement.”
The Star Tribune is reporting that the liberal Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called the indictment against Joseph and MacGregor a “radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts.”
The Judge has been suspended without pay for now.
Will this case be a wake up call for other left-wing activist judges? Time will tell.