Judge Accused Of Helping Man Escape From ICE Agents Waiting To Arrest Him

Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph is the subject of a federal investigation.

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.”

Baker personally appointed Joseph to the district court in 2017, and said he believes she may have violated state court rules that prohibit judges from helping or hindering ICE agents.

Jose Medina-Perez – whose true name may actually be Oscar Manuel Peguero or Julio Alexis Rios – was arrested by Newton police on Mar. 30 on an outstanding Pennsylvania warrant for drunk driving, the Boston Globe reported.

Officers also found a pill and two bags of suspected cocaine on Medina-Perez at the time of his arrest.

The suspect told police he was a 36-year-old American citizen, and was ultimately charged with drug possession and being a fugitive from justice.

When he went to Joseph’s court on Apr. 2 for his initial appearance, he was provided with a Spanish interpreter and an attorney, David Jellinek.

But as the hearing began, Jellinek, Joseph, and Middlesex County Prosecutor Shannon Jurgens huddled together to discuss Medina-Perez’s illegal status and whether or not he was truly the same person named in the Pennsylvania warrant.

“ICE will pick him up if he walks out the front door,” Jellinek said in a courtroom audio recording, according to the Boston Globe. “But I think the best thing for us to do is clear the fugitive issue and release him…”

Jurgens didn’t even attempt to resist the defense attorney’s proposal.

“There is a detainer attached to my paperwork, but I felt like that’s separate and apart from what my role is,” she said in the recording.

“ICE is going to get him,” Joseph concluded, just before she told the court clerk to stop recording the proceeding.

The audio recording resumed about one minute later.

Jurgens then asked Joseph to dismiss the warrant against Medina-Perez, and claimed he did not match the mugshot on the warrant.

Joseph dismissed the fugitive charge and was not required to hold the suspect in jail for the pending drug offenses.

The judge also gave Jellinek permission to escort Medina-Perez downstairs so he could pick up “some property” there, the Boston Globe reported.

As the hearing was coming to an end, a member of the courtroom staff told Joseph that an ICE agent was “requesting permission to visit lockup,” according to the paper.

“I’m not going to allow them to come in here,” the judge said.

Minutes later, Medina-Perez was taken downstairs, released from custody, and ushered out a back door, the Boston Globe reported.

The illegal alien quickly scaled a fence and took off.

Later in April, he was arrested in Roslindale, but an immigration judge freed him on bond until his hearing.

According to ICE, Medina-Perez is a citizen of the Dominican Republic who was previously deported from the U.S. in January of 2003 and in June of 2007.

Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said that Joseph could potentially be charged with obstructing justice if it is determined that she helped the illegal alien to escape from federal agents.

“There is a big difference between doing nothing and taking affirmative steps to prevent some authority from exercising its rights,” Sullivan told the Boston Globe.

“It would be gravely concerning to us, as well as disrespectful to the men and women of ICE who put themselves in harms’ way to protect our communities, if anyone, especially a representative of a court, were alleged to have taken deliberate actions to aid an immigration fugitive in evading the law,” ICE acting director of the Boston filed office Todd Lyons said in a statement.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson blasted the court over the allegations, which he called “completely outrageous.”

“I don’t know how you can send a message to the public that you’re there to protect people from criminals and then undermine law enforcement by letting them out the door,” Sheriff Hodgson said.

“It’s as bad as it gets when we have courts undermining law enforcement,” he railed. “They’re supposed to work together.”

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a statement arguing against a federal investigation into Joseph’s actions, and instead asked the attorney general to prohibit ICE agents from being able to arrest anyone outside a state courtroom.

“Our judges and court personnel must operate free from federal interference and intimidation,” the association said.

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wmc50
wmc50

In an ideal world, some innocent member of the family of this judge will fall victim to a particularly gruesome attack at the hands of an undocumented future Democrat voter and all will be right with the universe.

Mean Green
Mean Green

So why isn't the judge charged as an accomplice in his escape and charged as such.

Stanracer
Stanracer

She should be charged with obstruction and immediately be fired.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

What about Jellinek sure a heck looks like he was complicit in and aiding and abetting the escape from ICE. NO respect for the Judge. How will she feels if he kills someone while out on her actions...

RPG156
RPG156

Judges are not above the law.... only Hillary is... apparently.

Norllib99
Norllib99

This judge, and others like her, should be held both criminally and financially liable for any crimes this individual commits after she allowed him to flee. Law enforcement officers are held to this level of liability when they make a bad decision. Why not judges? At least judges' decisions are made in their ivory tower and not in a split second with their lives on the line. Until they start doing jail time or start losing their bank accounts and houses for their bad decisions, nothing will change. Tired of it!

Sailor
Sailor

This so-called Judge is a disgrace and is unAmerican. Next time one of these Judges acts this way ICE should arrest the Judge for aiding and abetting. I also believe our President should ignore all the rulings against him on immigration policy in the Federal appeals courts and the SCOTUS by activist judges. After all the judges violate laws when they allow criminals to as avoid prosecution.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

Funny, remember when obama told the states to keep their noses out of immigration affairs? Why would this Dem judge go against him? California wants to cover illegal aliens with taxpayer funded health care and are spending 30 million to defend illegals in immigration court, they didnt listen to obama either. Deport illegals and stop wasting our money on them!

blueboy63
blueboy63

They need to charge her and set an example for these other liberal judges who think they are above the law.

Janken
Janken

Amazing what power these judges have. Of course she must be a Drm

NFPD_103
NFPD_103

Criminal charges should be filed the judge has no excuse to not have understood the law and what her actions meant.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Shelly Jo she gotta go.

gs711
gs711

Needs to lose her job. Unacceptable behavior.

Paul Q
Paul Q

How old is this judge? Did Deval appoint her?

Watcher 4
Watcher 4

She needs to be arrested, convicted and sent to prison. Disbarment without question.

MSK
MSK

Put this judge in the lock up. The statement from the criminal defense lawyers association is pretty incredible. They want ICE to be barred from picking up illegals OUTSIDE court??? WTF!

JBo
JBo

No room in this country for dishonesty or corruption of the judicial system. I hope the federal charges stick.

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