This needs to happen a lot more.
Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and the court officer, identified in court documents as Wesley MacGregor, face several charges stemming from an April 2, 2018 incident in which the pair allegedly helped Jose Medina-Perez get out of the courthouse via a back door in order to elude the ICE agent who sought Medina-Perez.
For those of you wondering what obstruction of justice looks like this is it:
“What if we detain him?" the judge asked before requesting the clerk to turn off the courtroom’s audio recorder, leaving nearly a minute unrecorded.
The judge even went so far as to turn off the recording of what was being said to help a person in this country illegally.
Oh and this is the fun part:
Medina-Perez, a twice-deported illegal immigrant with a fugitive warrant for drunken driving in Pennsylvania, had been in Joseph’s courtroom in order to be arraigned on drug charges, the Boston Globe previously reported.
That’s right. This guy has already been deported TWICE (so he has come back a third time. Gets caught with drugs (current trial) AND has a felony DUI warrant outstanding in another state!
Why his latest kicking out of the country was delayed – twice deported, drug charges, felony DUI . . . should be a gavel pounding with a judge saying on the next flight home!