MA Gov. Seeks Removal of Judge Who Allegedly Helped Illegal Immigrant Evade ICE Agent
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking the temporary removal of a state judge from the bench after she allegedly helped an illegal immigrant evade Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Boston Globe reported that in April, Judge Shelley M. Joseph allegedly allowed Jose Medina-Perez to leave the courthouse through a back door.
An ICE agent was reportedly waiting to take the twice-deported man, who was at the time facing drug charges, into custody.
"Look, judges are not supposed to be in the business of obstructing justice," Baker (R) told the Globe.
Bristol County, Mass. Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Wednesday on "The Evening Edit" that the situation is "as bad as it gets."
"This judge and what she did, in a calculating way, undermines not only law enforcement but undermines the people in the community who trust her to do everything that she can as a judge to make sure the communities are safe," he said.
A federal grand jury is reportedly looking at the alleged situation.
The Globe also reported that in audio of the arraignment, Joseph can be heard saying "ICE is going to get him" to the man's attorney.
"To know that the person had been deported twice, was operating under three different identifications and then bring [him] downstairs and out the back door and scale that fence to get away, is completely outrageous," Hodgson said.