Updated: Dec 7, 2018
A district judge in Massachusetts is accused of helping an illegal immigrant sneak out a back door to avoid being deported; civil rights attorney Leo Terrell and former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly react.
Newton, MA – A federal grand jury is investigating a Newton District Court judge amid allegations that she allowed a twice-deported illegal alien to escape out the back door of the courthouse to avoid him being taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urged court officials to prohibit Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph from presiding over criminal cases, pending the outcome of the federal investigation, the Boston Globe reported.
“I don’t believe she should be hearing criminal cases until that federal case is resolved,” Baker said. “Look, judges are not supposed to be in the business of obstructing justice.”