A Massachusetts judge and court officer accused of helping an illegal immigrant evade ICE were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice and three other counts.

Newton District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and the court officer, Wesley MacGregor, face several charges stemming from an April incident in which they allegedly helped Jose Medina-Perez escape a courthouse via a back door after ICE arrived to take him into custody.

"This case is about the rule of law. The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime," U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announced.

Responding on "Fox & Friends" Friday, former ICE agent Jim Hayes said the alleged actions represent a "pretty brazen obstruction of justice" and he called the alleged actions of the judge and the court officer "absolutely astonishing."

"Hopefully, these charges will send a message to other activist judges that immigration laws aren't optional," said Hayes, who served as a special agent in charge of Homeland Security investigations.

Watch the full discussion above and read more about the case, here.


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