Judge Allegedly Helped an Illegal Immigrant Flee ICE ― Now She’s Facing Obstruction of Justice Charges

A judge in Massachusetts will soon be standing before one of her peers for allegedly obstructing justice by assisting an illegal immigrant, Jose Medina-Perez, as he escaped deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to a report from Fox News, Judge Shelley Joseph and her courtroom deputy Wesley MacGregor are accused of helping Medina-Perez escape the courtroom while making ICE officers wait outside.

The illegal immigrant from the alleged incident was detained and put into custody prior to the court appearance. Typically, an officer remains in the courtroom with the judge and the defendant while a ruling is being made, but Judge Joseph requested that the ICE officer remain outside the courtroom while the ruling was made.

The judge allegedly promised that if Medina-Perez was released from custody, he would go through the lobby where the officer was waiting. Instead, Judge Joseph allegedly released the defendant and instructed MacGregor to bring him to the back door, allowing Medina-Perez to sneak away without alerting the officer.

This wasn’t an elaborate plan that Joseph cooked up on her own. Courtroom transcripts obtained by the Boston Globe revealed that she worked with Medina-Perez’s legal counsel to ensure that he escaped without the ICE officer realizing what had happened.

At one point, Judge Joseph even told the defense, “I’m not gonna allow them to come in here,” adding:

“ICE is going to pick him up if he walks out the front door. But I think the best thing for us to do is clear the fugitive issue, release him on a personal, and hope that he can avoid ICE […] That’s the best I can do.”

The judge also cut the record and stopped the transcription for 52 seconds to discuss their plan, which violates the courtroom rules for the state of Massachusetts.

Joseph and her courtroom deputy now both face charges for obstructing justice, aiding and abetting, obstructing a federal proceeding, and perjury.

According to a report from NBC News, Medina-Perez was only identified by the initials A.S. but was originally in Joseph’s courtroom for narcotics possession and for drunken driving in Pennsylvania. Medina-Perez had previously been deported twice and returned to the U.S. before being escaping Joseph’s courtroom.

Medina-Perez was arrested one month after escaping Joseph’s courtroom in Massachusettes but was freed again on bond by another immigration judge.


  1. A judge in Portland did exactly this same thing. She allowed a criminal alien drunk driver, with a long record, to escape out a back door.

    I hope her indictment comes soon.

  2. Hope she enjoys jail time along with the Illegal Alien.

      1. Ah, maybe not. She’s obviously a card carrying Dimwit Party member as would be the Illegal Alien. It’s a fact the Illegal Aliens always vote for the Dimwits for all the freebies.

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