Judge Charged with Helping Undocumented Immigrant Evade ICE Officer

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A judge from Massachusetts and a court officer were indicted on April 25 after refusing to allow US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take custody of an undocumented immigrant, according to court documents.

Massachusetts District Court Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph, 51, of Natick, Massachusetts, and Trial Court Officer Wesley MacGregor, 56, of the Newton District Court were charged with one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of obstruction of justice in the case, the indictment stated. MacGregor was also charged with perjury.

“This case is about the rule of law,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a statement on April 25. “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. We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views…

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