One of Jeff Sessions’ major failings was his appointments. Rod Rosenstein is particularly horrendous, but what is worse is Jeff Sessions recommending to the President Democrats to fill positions in the Department of Justice (DOJ), especially in sensitive positions like U.S. Attorneys (USA). In the case of Rosenstein, he was a de facto Democrat, serving as the USA for the District of Maryland.
Similarly, Sessions gave us life long Democrats like Alex Tse, who is protecting fellow Democrats like Sanctuarly City Mayor Libby Schaaf. from criminal prosecution. Similarly, the Democrat who Jeff Sessions recommended as USA for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, is also protecting a public official, Judge Monica Herranz, who helped an illegal alien escape arrest.
But in another case, where there is a solid Republican USA, the outcome of a local official helping an illegal alien escape arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is different.
Minutes into the Newton District Court hearing for Jose Medina-Perez, his defense attorney asked the judge if he could approach the bench for a quick chat.
There, in hushed tones and whispers, the attorney walked through his client’s predicament with District Judge Shelley M. Joseph and a state prosecutor. They debated what to do with the defendant, who was in immediate danger of being deported.
Medina-Perez, picked up by Newton police on drug charges, faced a fugitive warrant for drunken driving in Pennsylvania and a detainer from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a courtroom audio recording of the bench conference. In fact, an ICE agent was in the courthouse, waiting to detain Perez and start the deportation process.
[ICE Agent Was In Courthouse. Did Judge And Others Help Man Flee?, by By Andrea Estes and Maria Cramer, Boston Globe, December 2, 2018]
And Judge Joseph decided that she would help Medina-Perez escape arrest, knowing full well he was an illegal alien, a flagrant criminal act by someone who should know better.
“ICE is going to get him,” the judge told the attorneys during the April 2 sidebar conversation. “What if we continue [the case]?” she suggested, before instructing a clerk to turn off the courtroom’s audio recorder. Whatever was said during the next 58 seconds went unrecorded.
Minutes later, Medina-Perez was escorted downstairs, released from custody, and allowed out a back door, according to two people briefed on the episode. He scaled a fence and took off, leaving the immigration agent behind, the people said.
And the big difference is that in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, there’s a Federalist Society Republican in the USA position, Andrew Lelling.
This was not the first time a Newton judge has appeared to help an undocumented immigrant — last year a man accused of rape facing deportation was released on $2,500 bail — but this time the US attorney in Boston has convened a grand jury to investigate.
The actions of the judge and court personnel that afternoon are the focus of a probe into whether they broke the law in helping Medina-Perez evade federal authorities, according to five people with direct knowledge. Several court employees have recently testified before the grand jury, one of the sources said.
Compare this to the Jeff Sessions Democrats Alex Tse and Billy Williams. Both those Sessions creatures have been protecting government officials who aid illegal aliens in violation of Title 8 United States Code Section 1324, Bringing In and Harboring Certain Aliens.
Let’s hope that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gets the word out to other USAs and prosecutions begin. Whitaker should also fire Williams and Tse.