Massachusetts - Grand Jury Investigates Judge Who Helped Illegal Alien Escape ICE in Court
Newton District Judge Shelley Joseph in Massachusetts is now accused of allowing an illegal alien wanted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to slip out of the courtroom to avoid deportation from the United States of America.
Newton District Judge Shelley Joseph is now under an investigation by a federal grand jury facing possible criminal indictments for assisting other members of the court in the escape plan for the illegal.
Jose Medina-Perez – whose true name may actually be Oscar Manuel Peguero or Julio Alexis Rios – was arrested by Newton police on Mar. 30 on an outstanding Pennsylvania warrant for drunk driving,
The NCIC check of a national database came back with an outstanding warrant the drunken driving arrest in Pennsylvania, which is why he was searched.
At the time of Medina-Perez’s arrest, officers discovered a pill bottle with cocaine and one unidentified pill, for which he was facing felony charges along with being a fugitive.
Judge Joseph’s courtroom held a hearing a couple of days afterward. In that hearing, the prosecutor decided to drop the fugitive at large charges.
The reason? The mugshot of the alleged fugitive in Pennsylvania did not match the defendant, meaning he'd given falsified information.
The court didn't know whom they had in their custody.
The judge still developed a ploy to help the man escape, those close to the case allege.
ICE had legal detainer paperwork on 38-year-old illegal alien Jose Medina-Perez, where they were waiting in a courthouse to take custody and inevitably deport the invader back to the Dominican Republic.
The Boston Globe reports that the controversial and undoubtedly criminal actions of the open-borders promoting judge have reached the highest levels of the state’s leadership at the Governor’s Mansion.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that not only was it wrong for the judge to hear a criminal case at the state level prior to the federal level but that her actions were disturbing
“I don’t believe she should be hearing criminal cases until that federal case is resolved,” Governor Baker said of Judge Shelley M. Joseph. “Look, judges are not supposed to be in the business of obstructing justice.”
“Judge Joseph also reportedly denied the ICE agent access to the detention area,” Heavy reports.
In today's highly charged political world, we're seeing judges on the liberal side of the aisle attempting to legislate from the bench. This means they're taking their political ideologies, more often than not leaning to the left, and using their role as a judge to decide cases which support their belief system.
Not only is this illegal, and immoral; more often than not its causing serious unintended consequences such as the loss of life or further crimes.
Last summer, 41-year-old Reynaldo Mora was arrested for the rape and impregnation of a mentally-handicapped child in Maryland, only for a liberal judge to free him without paying a cent in bond.
With incidents such as the brutal and barbaric rape of a mentally handicapped child as a result of the ignorance of liberal judges, no doubt Governor Baker is correct on his assertions.
With a grand jury investigation ongoing, the result could set precedent nationwide for the future of activities taken by judges, criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, and even law enforcement agents to act outside of the law.
Whenever crimes occur or scandals surrounding their career, attorneys are disbarred, police officers are reprimanded or suspended, and hopefully, similar justice is brought against the judge based upon her role here.
According to the Boston Globe, the suspect is a twice-deported illegal immigrant. Not only this, but 38-year-old illegal alien Jose Medina-Perez has used multiple aliases in past encounters with law enforcement and immigration officials.
The accusations state that Judge Shelley Joseph conspired with other open borders activists. This transpired inside the courthouse after a misdemeanor criminal proceeding.
It's clear that the plan was in order to avoid sending the criminal alien into the perilous clutches of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
ICE says that Judge Joseph and others allowed Medina-Perez to escape through a door on the back of the courthouse, all while ICE agents waited to take him into custody.
In Massachusetts, more often than not judges under heavy scrutiny of not potential criminal investigations are reassigned. Usually, it's with the ability to oversee civil and administrative cases, being barred from criminal judgments until the investigation into their actions is completed.
In an example, if a judge is convicted of a crime, he or she opens the door for decisions on previously convicted and sentenced criminals via the cases they presided over having the potential to be tossed out.
While that's a rare occurrence, it is definitely possible.
We cannot have judges in America allowing criminals to escape federal law enforcement, otherwise, they're not a judge.
Judge Shelley Joseph, if convicted, is an accomplice to a foreign invader escaping justice.
Republican Governor Charlie Baker actually nominated Judge Joseph, but he's quick to condemn her actions calling them “extremely troubling” in an interview with Massachusetts Live.
"Look, judges are not supposed to be in the business of obstructing justice," Governor 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 Boston Globe points out two critical court rules that Judge Joseph violated.
One, Judges cannot help or hurt the efforts of federal agents. Two, all court sessions, with some exceptions, must be recorded.
Both of the above rules were violated as the court and those involved with the deceptive escape plotted and planned their efforts in advance, as the ICE agency alleges.
The judge told attorneys of the suspect that "ICE is going to get him," in what seems to have been a reference to the ICE agent waiting outside the courtroom.
At that time, she made an offer for a court trial “continuance,” to essentially postpone the trial and verdict so that Jose Medina-Perez would remain within the custody of local authorities.
If there is a pending criminal proceeding, ICE and most federal agencies won't take custody of suspect until the local matters are cleared up.
ICE had the legal detainer for Medina-Perez, meaning Judge Joseph's actions circumvented their ability to fulfill their legal obligations of taking custody bid the illegal.
During the middle of the court hearing, Judge Joseph then told a clerk to switch off the audio recorder located inside the courtroom. This shows “intent,” as if she didn't want her plans to help the illegal escape custody be recorded.
According to eyewitness testimonials, that's when Medina-Perez was given the green light to escape and left through a back door. They say he "scaled a fence and took off, leaving the immigration agent behind.”
"I think it's critical that the federal government which is currently involved in an investigation move quickly and complete that investigation," Governor Baker added.
"Based on the facts as they were presented, it does appear there was a deliberate attempt there to obstruct the work of a federal law enforcement official in court," he said. "And I think it would be best for everybody if the judge stood down and did not preside over criminal cases until the federal investigation is completed." Baker continued, "As I said yesterday, given the circumstances and the facts as they've been presented so far, obviously pending the results of the federal investigation, I think it would be best if she stepped down for criminal cases."
For now, the court has issued a public statement saying no action has been taken against Judge Joseph.
"The Trial Court previously reviewed the information regarding the tape recording of the court proceeding and addressed it with Judge Joseph," Jennifer Donahue, spokeswoman for the court, said in an email. "As it is a personnel matter, the court cannot comment further.”
Liberal propagandists at the American Civil Liberties Union are seemingly spouting rhetoric in defense of the judge, calling the allegations insubstantial, before backpedaling.
"We don't have any evidence that that's what actually happened," ACLU Executive Director Carol Rose said in response to a question as to whether the judge conspired free Medina-Perez. "Because in fact it was turned off, the microphone was turned off. So I don't know what happened.”
This ACLU member lists her pronouns as she/her/hers. Not much else needs said about her opinions.
Additionally adding, there's a "very, very serious issue that ICE and federal immigration officials are interfering with the right of people to access the system of justice in this country.”
Ross closed saying, "And it would be really scary if we started then going after and trying to commandeer state court judges or other state officials to collaborate with ICE.”
The Boston Globe has brilliantly reported on this story, obtaining a copy of the partial conversation between the suspect’s attorney and Judge Joseph at the Newton District Court hearing for Jose Medina-Perez’s case.
The defense attorney is reported to have asked to approach the bench, with District Judge Shelley M. Joseph and the state prosecutor allegedly whispering and mumbling about the plight of the defendant and the awaiting ICE agent. It was allegedly made known the ICE agent was inside the courthouse awaiting custody.
At least 58 seconds of that conversation is now missing, due to the Judge telling courtroom officials to cut the microphone.
Apparently, the case was decided to have released Medina-Perez from custody, despite the continuation. He was then transported downstairs, without notifying the waiting ICE agent, and let out the back door.
While it's no doubt an obstruction of justice charge that's likely to be brought against all who were involved, there could be a serious felony, if not federal charges aligned with this crime.
The Globe adds, “This was not the first time a Newton judge has appeared to help an undocumented immigrant — last year a man accused of rape facing deportation was released on $2,500 bail — but this time the US attorney in Boston has convened a grand jury to investigate.”
Former US attorney Michael J. Sullivan said such an action would be “shocking” to see a federal court judge take.“There is a big difference between doing nothing and taking affirmative steps to prevent some authority from exercising its rights,” he said.
One must consider the orchestration and planning of such debauchery, and the meticulously careless danger society was tasked with facing as a result of the Judge's master plan.
Imagine a judge having thought a serial killer should be given a shot at freedom before he or she were sentenced, and then giving them a recognizance bond to walk into society?
The similarities here are undeniable, as Medina-Perez is a twice-deported criminal. Not only this, but he continues to commit additional crimes while inside the country.
There was no reason to want to assist this particular illegal alien.
I can understand the few of compassion who support an illegal alien with a family get a traffic ticket and then face deportation.
Most Americans don't view this as bearing a threat to society. But we're talking about a criminal, and a deranged plan by the judge and prosecutor to free them.
Many such cases as these, a federal agent or US Marshal is near the courtroom to take custody of an inmate or a suspect, in order to extradite or transport them for additional proceedings on similar or unrelated charges.
On this April 2nd, of 2018 day, the ICE agent would be left high and dry with a prisoner he thought he'd have in custody walking free again.
Within a month, Medina-Perez was captured and is now awaiting his deportation hearings. This doesn't change the fact that crimes may have been committed to secure his release.
Governor Baker wants Judge Joseph suspended, and she should be if the allegations are accurate. She should then face charges.
We will continue to update this story as it progresses.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect illegal aliens.