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Massachusetts judge, under scrutiny for possible role in immigrant's escape from ICE, should be benched, Gov. Charlie Baker says

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By Gintautas Dumcius

A Massachusetts district court judge who is reportedly under federal investigation should not be handling criminal cases while a review is underway, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

The Boston Globe reports federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling has convened a grand jury to investigate the role District Court Judge Shelley Joseph may have played in helping an undocumented immigrant, Jose Medina-Perez, get away from federal immigration authorities in April.

Speaking to reporters at the State House, Gov. Baker, who nominated Joseph, called the story "extremely troubling."

"I don't believe she should be hearing criminal cases until that federal case is resolved," Baker said, adding that there is precedent for court officials taking such action.

 

 

https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/12/massachusetts_judge_under_scru.html


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