A judge in Massachusetts who has been charged with obstruction of justice after she allegedly conspired to help an illegal immigrant escape from an immigration agent is now claiming that she is the victim of political bias.
Suspended Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph is arguing through her attorneys that the prosecutor in her case is biased toward tough immigration enforcement, the Daily Caller reported.
Joseph’s attorneys want the judge to look at documentation that supposedly proves the bias of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling as well as other immigration officials. The officials also leaked information to the media inappropriately, the attorneys allege, according to the Caller.
Joseph is seeking for her case to be dismissed, but an April hearing on that motion has been postponed until June because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Caller reported.
Joseph and now-retired court officer Wesley MacGregor allegedly let an illegal immigrant escape out the back of the courtroom in 2018 while an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent waited inside the lobby of the building to detain him.
The immigrant, Jose Medina-Perez, was in court on a Pennsylvania DUI warrant when ICE showed up, NBC News reported. He was located and arrested a month after Joseph and MacGregor helped him escape, and now faces deportation proceedings, according to the Caller.
Joseph stopped recording the session to hide her actions helping Medina-Perez escape, and she also lied about it to superiors, Lelling alleges.
Accusations of bias
Joseph, on the other hand, says a February op-ed by Lelling that criticized sanctuary cities shows that he is biased and out to get her. She also said that Medina-Perez’s attorney, who has been given immunity in the case, is lying about her actions.
She could face 20 years in prison for her actions if convicted. She may also lose her law license and ability to serve as a judge if she is found guilty.
If claiming that the prosecutor is biased is a legitimate defense against breaking the law, it will become very difficult indeed to ever win a case.
Besides that, the ICE agent was following the law and Joseph was subverting and breaking it. Not only did she prevent the ICE agent from enforcing current immigration laws, she also broke the law and violated her judicial oaths by helping Medina-Perez escape.
It should be clear who is in the wrong in this case, according to the rule of law. Unfortunately, the left lost respect for that a long time ago and is now doing everything they can to ignore, subvert and bend the law to their will.