A Massachusetts judge was indicted for “conspiracy to obstruct justice” after she allegedly impeded an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer from detaining an illegal alien.
The indictment was handed down by the U.S. Attorney’s office against Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph on Thursday. Richmond and trial court officer Wesley MacGregor, her fellow defendant, allegedly conspired to keep ICE from detaining the illegal alien last year.
The illegal alien had previously been deported twice and was the subject of an ICE detainer after having been arrested in Pennsylvania for narcotics possession. (RELATED: ICE Officer Giving Up On Trump Over Catch And Release)
#BREAKING: According to charging documents, Newton trial court Judge Shelley Richmond Jospeh and court officer Wesley MacGregor are charged on following counts:
-Conspiracy to obstruct justice
-obstruction of justice; aiding and abetting
-obstruction of a fed proceeding https://t.co/vd3XH0pWya
— Shannon Dooling (@sdooling) April 25, 2019
When an ICE officer came to Joseph’s courthouse to detain the illegal alien, Joseph and MacGregor allegedly helped the suspect slip out the door in order to evade arrest.
Joseph was suspended from the bench last year at the request of Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who appointed her to the bench the year before.
“I found the story and the facts as they were presented troubling. And we’ll obviously await the results of the federal investigation. But I don’t believe she should be hearing criminal cases until that federal case is resolved,” Baker said at the time.