In April 2018, an illegal immigrant named Jose Medina-Perez arrived at a Massachusetts District Court to face narcotics charges. Present at the Newton courthouse that day was an ICE officer, waiting for Medina-Perez to be released on bail so that he could take him into federal custody.
Medina-Perez was no stranger to ICE; he’d been deported on two previous occasions, and he’d been barred from coming back to the United States for a period of 20 years. Clearly, he saw no reason to abide by that mandate, because he received that ban in 2007, and yet, here he was, flaunting his ability to evade authorities.
That April morning should have been the last one Medina-Perez spent in the U.S. But he had the great fortune to draw Newton County District Judge Shelley Joseph, who is one of those leftists who thinks protecting illegal aliens is more important than preserving the law. She proved it that day. After prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that Medina-Perez was not the individual wanted on Pennsylvania DUI charges, the decision was made to release him. That’s when the alien’s defense lawyer told Judge Joseph about the ICE officer and the deportation fate awaiting his client.
A judge interested in following the law would have shrugged and said, “Yeah, that’s tough luck, isn’t it.” But Joseph instead ordered the court clerk to show the ICE officer out to the lobby and demanded that the courtroom recorder be turned off. During this period of time, she devised a scheme whereby Medina-Perez would be escorted out the backdoor of the courthouse, successfully evading federal justice.
“I heard about it the same day it happened,” recalled former ICE Director Thomas Homan in an interview with The New York Times. “I was dumbfounded. I said, ‘Well, now, things are going a bit too far.’ For an officer of the court to help someone escape ICE arrest. I’ve done this 35 years and never seen anything like that.”
Joseph has now been charged by federal prosecutors with obstruction of justice. Instead of taking a plea deal, the judge is fighting the charges and preparing to go to trial. Prosecutors are confident in their ability to secure a conviction.
“We’ve heard rumors of, you know, judges doing this or that, I don’t want to identify them, but this was the first time we have come across an instance where, one, we thought it was clearly criminal, and two, we think we can prove it,” said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling.
There’s “judicial activism,” and then there’s this abomination of justice. This woman should never sit a bench again.