A longtime conservative activist in liberal Massachusetts says he is pleased a judge is being charged for shielding an illegal alien from arrest.
Jose Medina-Perez, who appeared in a Newton County courtroom for narcotics possession, got a lucky break in March when Judge Shelley Joseph sent an ICE agent outside the courtroom then ordered a court officer to escort Median-Perez out another door.
The ICE agent, who presented himself to the judge, was present because Medina-Perez had entered the U.S. illegally three times and the agent was executing a federal detention order.
“I’m not gonna allow him to come in here,” Joseph was recorded as saying, referring to the ICE agent, after he was sent to wait in the courthouse lobby.
According to CBS News, Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor have been indicted for obstruction of justice and other related charges by a federal grand jury.
Both pleaded not guilty and an attorney for the judge called her “absolutely innocent” and called the prosecution political.
Yet federal prosecutors allege the judge purposely turned off a courtroom recording device when she talked to the illegal alien’s defense attorney, and for that action she is charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding, and also faces a charge of perjury for allegedly lying about why the device was turned off.
“Just the fact that this judge and this crooked hack court officer were indicted is huge,” observes MassResistance president Brian Camenker. “It is really wonderful.”
Joseph was suspended without pay by the state’s Supreme Judicial Court after the federal charges were announced.
When the public learned about the incident, Camenker says, people were “beside themselves” over how the judge could get away with such action, and now the public is learning they are not getting away with what they did, he concludes.
But not everybody applauded the indictment in the reliably far-left state: the state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, called the decision to prosecute a “radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts.”
The ACLU predictably complained in a statemen that the charges reflect President Trump’s “anti-immigrant agenda.”
According to Camenker, Healey’s statement shows she is an “idiot” for suggesting it’s wrong to enforce federal laws and indict someone who breaks them.
A statement released by ICE stated in part:
In order for our criminal justice system to work fairly for all people, it must be protected against judicial officials who would seek to replace the implementation of our laws with their own ideological views or politically-driven agenda.