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ICE arrest: Massachusetts judge charged with obstruction

ICE arrest: Massachusetts judge charged with obstruction
May 01
20:12 2019

The phrase “Equal Justice under the Law” inscribed on the front architrave of the Supreme Court Building has just gained more distinction for the average American, with the indictment last week of a Massachusetts State Court Judge along with an Ex-Court Officer, who thought they were above the law.

Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, 51, of Natick, who was appointed as a Massachusetts District Court Judge in November 2017, and her accomplice former Trial Court Officer Wesley MacGregor, 56, of Watertown, were both indicted on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of obstruction of justice and perjury.

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The indictment charges the duo with interfering with the duty of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer from taking custody of an alien defendant.

Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston addressed the incident in a prepared statement, “When we as officers of the law are confronted with an abuse within our system, we take those allegations seriously. Any conduct which severs the underlying trust that the citizens of this Commonwealth place in those who hold positions of power and authority is a stain on all who swear an oath to protect and serve, with honor and integrity.”

Fitzhugh continued, “The people of this country deserve nothing less than to know that their appointed and elected representatives are working on their behalf, while adhering to and enforcing the rule of law, not a personal agenda. The special agents of Homeland Security Investigations remain committed to upholding our promise to the public, without compromise.”

Todd M. Lyons, Acting Field Office Director, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Boston added, “The actions of the judge in this incident are a detriment to the rule of law and highly offensive to the law enforcement officers of ICE who swear an oath to uphold our nation’s immigration laws,”

Lyons continued, “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. I would also like to thank U.S. Attorney Lelling for his local leadership and his continuous and faithful support of the ERO law enforcement mission.”

The incident began on March 30th 2018, when Newton Police arrested an illegal alien for narcotics possession. Upon further investigation authorities discovered the suspect also had been deported from the United States twice, once in 2003 and then again in 2007, and that a federal order had been issued prohibiting the defendant from entering the U.S. until 2027.

After federal authorities learned that the defendant was in the United States again and in custody by local police for the drug possession, ICE issued a Federal Immigration Detainer and Warrant of Removal, which announced that the defendant was subject to removal from the United States.

On April 2, 2018, Newton Police transferred custody of the defendant to Newton District Court (NDC), where Judge Joseph was assigned as the District Court Judge and MacGregor as a Trial Court Officer, and forwarded the Detainer and Warrant.

At around 9:30 a.m. on that same morning an ICE agent arrived at the courthouse to take custody of the defendant, however Judge Joseph began a series of delaying tactics, first instructing the ICE agent to leave the courtroom and wait in the lobby, instructing the him that the defendant would be released to him in the lobby.

However, her real intent was to release the defendant through the backdoor of the state district court, which she did.

Trial Court Officer MacGregor allegedly escorted the defendant downstairs and used his security access card to open the rear exit door and released the defendant free at 3:01 p.m. The defendant has since been apprehended.

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  1. Marc
    Marc May 03, 19:54

    ICE has an agenda too. It’s called doing their job. It’s hard enough, so now a judge and court officer are obstructing justice. Let this be a lesson to these idiots who think they know better than the law. Why is this story not in the mainstream media?

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  2. kbhret
    kbhret May 03, 19:59

    GREAT JOB shelley…. YOU GOOF!!!!


    And we have Supreme Court Justice Roberts telling us there ARE NO DEMOCRAT JUDGES OR REPUBLICAN JUDGES…. BULLSHIT!!

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    • Ray Ray
      Ray Ray May 03, 20:16

      Send the two of them to Mexico with no re-entry allowed, ever. Teach those pieces of shit and any others thinking of doing the same thing a lesson!! WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR!!

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  3. Bernard Lindell
    Bernard Lindell May 03, 20:40

    Someone must have screwed up royally. Hold accountable a Judge when the judicial and attorney establishment will claim no misconduct occurred because Judges should not have to answer to people who may disagree with their decisions. Personally I am glad to see this. A conceivable argument from her could be other Judges did the same or worse and nothing happened to them.

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  4. Rick
    Rick May 03, 21:46

    There needs to be more exposure, charges, trials, convictions, and sentencing, of those “officials” who abuse their powers. The system is filled with these people.

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  5. banzaibob
    banzaibob May 04, 12:17

    This was a willful and deliberate action intended to violate the law. I hope that Judge Shelly is in for a forced career change and that she and her accomplice have some quite time, behind bars, to reflect on their actions.
    Unfortunately Massachusetts is a liberal swamp. Although this is a federal case, the end result will be a slap on the wrist and no consequences.

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  6. Larry Gagnon
    Larry Gagnon May 04, 16:35

    I do wonder why a sitting judge felt so much sympathy for someone deported twice and arrested 3 times for narcotics violations. My guess is that she believes the drug laws are silly. This possible view has significant factual support. However, ignoring the drug violations, it is difficult to generate empathy for someone here illegally after having been deported twice already. We are a ludicrously rich nation, but we have only about 5% of the world’s population. So, it is difficult to argue for open borders.

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  7. Dancer
    Dancer May 06, 12:20

    He had been deported twice and was back in the U.S. alleged with narcotics. What part of illegal with illegal narcotics does even a judge NOT understand. What is wrong with America to think it’s ok for illegals to break our laws yet we’re supposed to uphold them ??? Shelley Joseph is not fit to be a judge ! Kudos to ICE.

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