District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph Indicted for Aiding Criminal Illegal Alien Escape Federal Capture…

Today the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts indicted District Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and court officer Wesley MacGregor for obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy in their efforts to assist criminal illegal aliens escape capture by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  [Media Report Here]

Both the judge and the court officer are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding.

(full indictment pdf below)

BOSTON – A Massachusetts District Court Judge and Trial Court Officer were indicted today in federal court in Boston on obstruction of justice charges for preventing an ICE Officer from taking custody of an alien defendant.

Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, 51, of Natick, who was appointed as a Massachusetts District Court Judge in November 2017, and Wesley MacGregor, 56, of Watertown, a former Trial Court Officer since 1993, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of obstruction of justice – aiding and abetting. MacGregor was also charged with one count of perjury.

“This case is about the rule of law,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime. We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law. Everyone in the justice system – not just judges, but law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and defense counsel – should be held to a higher standard. The people of Massachusetts expect that, just like they expect judges to be fair, impartial and to follow the law themselves.”

[…] According to court documents, on March 30, 2018, Newton Police arrested and charged an alien defendant under Massachusetts General Law with being a fugitive from justice and narcotics possession. Further investigation revealed that the defendant had twice been deported from the United States – in 2003 and 2007, and that a federal order had been issued prohibiting the defendant from entering the U.S. until 2027.

After learning of the defendant’s arrest, ICE issued a Federal Immigration Detainer and Warrant of Removal, which stated that the defendant was subject to removal from the United States. On April 2, 2018, Newton Police transferred custody of the defendant to Newton District Court (NDC), where Joseph was assigned as the District Court Judge and MacGregor as a Trial Court Officer, and forwarded the Detainer and Warrant.

At 9:30 a.m. on April 2, 2018, a plainclothes ICE officer was dispatched to NDC to execute the Warrant and take custody of the defendant following his release from NDC. The Officer announced his presence to Courthouse personnel, including Joseph, upon arrival. Prior to the afternoon session, the courtroom clerk – at Joseph’s direction – allegedly instructed the ICE Officer to leave the courtroom and wait outside in the lobby, stating that in the event that the defendant was released, it would be through the courtroom and into the lobby.

At 2:48 p.m. the case was called and the proceedings were captured on the courtroom’s audio recorder, as prescribed under the rules for all State District Courts. The audio recording captured Joseph, the defense attorney and the ADA speaking at side bar about the defendant and the ICE detainer. Joseph then allegedly ordered the courtroom clerk to “go off the record for a moment.” For the next 52 seconds, the courtroom audio recorder was turned off, in violation of the District Court rules.

At 2:51 p.m., the recorder was turned back on, and Joseph indicated her intent to release the defendant. According to the charging documents, the defense attorney asked to speak with the defendant downstairs and Joseph responded, “That’s fine. Of course.” When reminded by the clerk that an ICE Officer was in the courthouse, Joseph stated, “That’s fine. I’m not gonna allow them to come in here. But he’s been released on this.” Immediately following the proceeding, MacGregor allegedly escorted the defendant, his attorney and an interpreter downstairs to the lockup and used his security access card to open the rear sally-port exit and release the defendant at 3:01 p.m.

MacGregor was also charged with perjury for falsely testifying before a federal grand jury on July 12, 2018, that, prior to releasing the defendant from the sally-port exit, he was unaware that ICE agents were in the Courthouse and that there was a detainer for the defendant.  (read more)

The illegal alien isn’t named in the indictment, but has been previously identified as Jose Medina-Perez, 38, from the Dominican Republic. In April 2018, he was facing drug charges and a fugitive warrant out of Pennsylvania for drunken driving. Immigration officials say his real name is Oscar Manuel Peguero and was later picked up by police.

Speaking to reporters, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said this case is neither an indictment of the state’s trial court system nor about immigration policy, “it is about the rule of law.”  Lelling said he has heard from people surprised his office would pursue charges against a sitting judge, “we did not bring this case in response to the public debate over immigration enforcement. There are reasonable arguments on both sides of that debate,” Lelling said. “But this isn’t a policy seminar, it’s a law enforcement action.” [Link to Press Conference]

Link to Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Statement HERE.

Here’s the indictment:


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236 Responses to District Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph Indicted for Aiding Criminal Illegal Alien Escape Federal Capture…

    • bertdilbert says:

      This never happened under Sessions. Barr gets another thumbs up.

      Liked by 17 people

    • gawntrail says:

      This is a huge rug getting yanked out from underneath untold numbers of court types…..

      The list of names probably looks like a telephone book. Sanctuary governors, mayors, police chiefs, county board of commissioners, sheriffs, etc.. have got to be pretty darn nervous right now.

      ‘Its a reckoning’.

      Liked by 11 people

      • mike says:

        Well, let’s see how blatant the Obamunist, Clintonista, and Rino judges’ crimes against us//US, are next month. We should overflow them to Gitmo.

        Liked by 1 person

    • David A says:

      Mat this be the beginning of a long and costly education to the statist of what obstruction of justice really is.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      The Baltimore mayor was big too. I wonder if Sanctuary Mayors are clean and sleeping well tonight?


  1. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    Oh, golly–ya gotta love it!

    Liked by 10 people

  2. Caius Lowell says:

    All the President’s Muses: Obama and Prosecutorial Misconduct — Chronic bungling by DOJ officials who have the President’s ear. https://observer.com/2014/06/all-the-presidents-muses-obama-and-prosecutorial-misconduct/

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Finally!!! The beginning of a return to the rule of Law! The Obama era is now truly ovah!!!

    Liked by 19 people

  4. Jan PT says:

    Finally, pushback.

    Liked by 14 people

  5. Johnny Bravo says:

    Live by the sword….yeah baby👊

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Dan W says:

    Convict her and let her rot in H E L L along with every other criminal demoncrat

    Liked by 11 people

  7. Kelly says:

    This should happen to all the judges
    That feel they have the power to give rulings that are against the rule
    Of Law! I hope they keep this rolling!
    Roll on to the 9th circuit!!!

    Liked by 21 people

    • couldn’t we get of half of the judges in California and Hawaii using this????

      Not to mention Soddomeyer has no business being on the bench after she was counsel, prior to SCOTUS to Obama on some cases; but when they were brought up for her on the SCOTUS she did not recuse herself. Believe Ginsberg did this to.

      Liked by 6 people

  8. James Groome says:

    AHHHH…. preparing the masses for higher and higher profile arrests… it’s coming, THE BIG UGLY!

    Liked by 15 people

    • Dan W says:

      The big ugly happens when most of these TREASONOUS TRAITORS are swinging from ropes by the neck……….subverting the constitution of the most powerful country in the world….what a bunch of A S S wipes.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Rhoda R says:

      Please Lord, let it happen.

      Liked by 6 people

      • mopar2016 says:

        It’s time to ask why.
        Why is a judge doing the opposite of what her job calls for?
        Why is she letting illegal aliens go free? Was there a payoff? Is she a communist?
        I’d be interested to know if this is more widespread than we think.

        Liked by 3 people

        • I’m interested in that answer also..


        • GB Bari says:

          Very simple.

          She is (or soon to be “was”) a Leftwing activist judge.

          In other words, she fully believes that “the law” is subject to whatever she determines to be “correct” at the time the case is before her.

          And, like all Leftists, she fully believes beyond any question that her ideological values are 100% valid to use as a basis for all of her decisions on whether to adhere to or stretch – to whatever degree, including past the breaking point – existing law.

          Liked by 1 person

          • CHenie says:

            @GB-very well put. A succinct and accurate summary.

            And just ponder this:

            Former judge “Shelley” was likely influenced by US tax payer funded university college “professors” who have busts of Karl Marx on their desks


  9. Joanne O Beirne says:

    Unbelievable 😳

    The Marxist ideology is stronger than than the law for Democrat judges.

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 7 people

  10. Max Tadpol says:

    Good. Fk’m both! No one gets to choose which laws they will enforce. Especially not officers of the court. I hope they both do jail time. I also hope that other judges see this and STOP their partisan interpretation of the law.

    Liked by 17 people

  11. James says:

    Preparing the masses for the eventual arrests of high level pols… the big ugly is a comin…

    Liked by 9 people

  12. Sayit2016 says:

    GOOD !!! She has no business being on the BENCH if she flagrantly BREAKS Fed LAW– I mean come on – how hard is this to comprehend. If she wants to be an ACTIVIST she can join Antifa. She swore an OATH to uphold the law and she BROKE, it then bragged about it.

    Good Riddance !

    Liked by 19 people

  13. Austin Holdout says:

    If she was appointed in Nov 2017, she would have been a Trump appointee. Federal judges have to be removed by impeachment. Not likely.


  14. Neural says:

    This needs to happen to another 100,000 judges at least. This is the tip of the rotten ice-berg that is our judicial system.

    Liked by 4 people

  15. How about that!!! Justice is finally being served. I know we’ve go a long way to go, but I cannot help basking in this great news.

    Liked by 5 people

  16. lolli says:

    “It’s about the rule of law”
    Thank you judge Lelling for saying this, this is all a judge is suppose to do.

    Liked by 5 people

  17. booger71 says:

    A little background on her
    “Richmond Joseph currently serves as a partner at the Law Office of Joseph and Joseph in Newton. She co-founded the firm with her husband in 2003.

    She specializes in criminal defense, hearings before the registry of motor vehicles, and restraining orders. The firm’s work also includes real estate, personal injury, business, and trust and estate law. Previously, Joseph spent time with a firm in Boston, where she worked on all aspects of civil litigation.

    From 1993 to 2000, she worked as Assistant Attorney General in the Family and Community Crimes Bureau, the Business and Fair Labor Protection Bureau, and the Criminal Bureau.

    She has served as an adjunct faculty member at New England School of Law and Massachusetts School of Law, and has been featured as a lecturer on the topics of innovative jury techniques sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association, starting a law practice sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, warrant and warrantless searches sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, women in litigation sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association and Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, as well as social host liability and legal issues confronting parents of teens.

    Joseph graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Political Science and Romance Languages, with a concentration in Spanish, and received a juris doctorate from New England School of Law. She is an executive board member of Natick Together for Youth, an organization which aims to reduce and prevent youth substance abuse. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.”

    Liked by 3 people

    • if I tried to speculate on the many MANY left wing causes her resume likely has exposed her to (romance languages with concentration in Spanish; family law with the possibility for horrible return of children to the abusive but richer parent or handed over to foster homes not visited for abuse; women’s litigation and women in business in a “MeToo” rich state; ‘innovative’ jury techniques where one can stack the deck for the defense; Labor Protection…..) …well, it boggles the mind.

      probably saw Ginsberg as her mentor.

      Liked by 3 people

  18. Speaking to reporters, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said this case is neither an indictment of the state’s trial court system nor about immigration policy, “it is about the rule of law.” Lelling said he has heard from people surprised his office would pursue charges against a sitting judge, “we did not bring this case in response to the public debate over immigration enforcement. There are reasonable arguments on both sides of that debate,” Lelling said. “But this isn’t a policy seminar, it’s a law enforcement action.”

    Sure it isn’t.

    Liked by 3 people

    • …it’s both. On the one hand it IS the rule of law, but on the other hand the judicial and immigration process has been politicized and infiltrated by amoral and anti-American globalists, who regulate rather than let the American people vote against laws that steadily remove our freedoms without due process, cripple honest businesses and reward crony allies of big government,

      Liked by 4 people

  19. Deplore Able says:

    The title of this article needs to be corrected. This is not a Federal Court judge.
    The Massachusetts District Court is a state court. The Federal court in Massachusetts would be called the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

    This judge was not a Trump appointee.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. Piggy says:

    Go to jail.

    Do not pass go.

    Do not collect $200.

    Liked by 5 people

  21. Bill says:

    I know she’s not federal. But it made me think about all the 9th Circuit judges that are being purposefully obstructive to the president. After how many SC over turned rulings will the pull the judges credentials? Or does it have to be impeachment?

    Liked by 2 people

    • ristvan says:

      It has to be impeachment. A3§1 and A2§4. Won’t happen. What can be done is bust up 9th into three (lots of stuff on that)—but requires Congress to act. Not until after 2020.
      In the alternative, ignore the informal blue slip tradition and fill 9th vacancies appropriately, which PDJT is doing over vehement Feinstein objections.


    • mike says:

      I beat execution for treason, convicted during an armed Invasion of the US would stop even the most determined liberal judge, without impeachment …


  22. tax2much says:

    One down, ten thousand to go.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Tom H says:

    Howie Carr is going OFF on this story. He has been reporting numerous instances of Mass. state judges colluding (!) with defense lawyers to literally sneak illegals out the back door to avoid ICE agents (some of whom who have gone on to commit additional serious crimes. He will be on Tucker’s show tonight to discuss it.

    Liked by 15 people

  24. Michelle says:

    And a perjury charge too for the court officer. Excellent.

    Liked by 11 people

  25. Blind no longer says:

    It’s about time somebody took control of these left wing idiots, especially a social justice warrior judge…who has sworn an oath of office to protect the rule of law!

    Unbelievable that this happened in the first place.

    If someone in my family had been harmed by this judge’s actions and the clerk’s actions, I would have owned their lefty asses and the state of MA!!!

    You shake your head in disbelief that this would happen in the United States of America…this is banana republic stuff!

    Liked by 7 people

    • Astounding isn’t it!
      Twice deported criminal illegal alien and she turns him loose?

      Spanish speaking judge must have a “thing” for the “tigres” ;-(

      Liked by 5 people

      • Urban Dictionary: tigre
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        Liked by 2 people

      • I theorized the same thing in another post…given her romance language studies with an emphasis on Spanish I would not doubt it.

        My sister also majored in Spanish and visited both the Dominican Republic and Barcelona and she waded deep and got sucked into the lib idiocy. Wretchedly sad. Otherwise wonderful heart, solid mind and great mother….but went to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA in the early 2000s and ..you know. Trump derangement sydrome, climate change pagan, skeptical about old fashioned and outdated Christian guidance.

        Their ‘gut’ is their god, they fixate on fitness and youth, but ironically see children, the ULTIMATE youth, as optional commodities, not to be indulged in as a result of the more important recreational success, unless one is financially secure and care of the child will not impede their freedoms, wealth, comfort and predestined right to a world serving their self-interest.

        NOT divorce and instead buckle down and really fight for marriage rather than listen to the MeToo baby assassins and manhaters? Don’t be ridiculous. It’s THEIR bodies.

        Liked by 2 people

  26. Trent Telenko says:

    This is gut check time for a lot of open borders Federal Judges who have sabotaged the enforcement of Federal immigration laws for the last 40 years.

    Bets on whether you see a Bush, Clinton or Obama appointed Federal judge(s) throw the case out at some point?

    Liked by 2 people

  27. Luminary says:

    ” Everyone in the justice system – not just judges, but law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and defense counsel – should be held to a higher standard.”

    Yet, the FBI/DoJ slugs who tried to set Trump up are still walking around, laughing and posting photos on instagram.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. James F says:

    They better give this SJW judge the harshest sentence possible.

    “Social-justice” is a toxic mimic of plain old justice.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Bob says:

    seattle will not allow ICE to use airport to deport illegals. Time to indict them

    Liked by 1 person

  30. AmericaFirst says:

    Not a policy seminar, just a law enforcement action. This is perfect, it removes it from the crazies argument and puts it exactly where it needs to be: how can you realistically argue against the rule of law?

    Prosecutors in CA and other places have been systematically charging down, i.e., charging misdemeanors for felony actions, for the express purpose of keeping defendants out of the eyes of ICE. I hope there is some way to bring these anti-American officers to account.

    Liked by 8 people

  31. Why can’t something like this be used to arrest the Mayor of Oakland and other city and state officials who are defying the law?

    Liked by 10 people

  32. nagothm says:

    Hey look! Another opening for Trump to fill 😀

    Liked by 4 people

    • Summer says:

      That’s state, not Fed. The new judge will be appointed by the Governor. I assume it would happen only after the indicted judge is convicted (please correct me if I’am wrong).

      Liked by 1 person

  33. Cyber says:

    It’s about time.

    Liked by 2 people

  34. andyocoregon says:

    Portland Oregon has a judge who released an illegal out the back door of the courthouse to avoid I.C.E. agents. And she got away with it.


    And what makes matters worse, Oregon has a state law that makes it illegal for local law enforcement to assist I.C.E. in the capture of illegal aliens.


    Liked by 5 people

    • Trent Telenko says:

      >>Oregon has a state law that makes it illegal for local law enforcement to assist I.C.E. in the capture of illegal aliens.

      Every Oregon legislator who voted for that law can be prosecuted as obstructing justice _AND_ the Feds can invoke Federal Criminal and Civil RICO laws against the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Democratic Party.

      All it takes is a Federal attorney with DoJ and Presidential support.

      Liked by 1 person

  35. CoHoBo says:

    Now do the mayor of Oakland.

    Liked by 4 people

  36. Will the usual suspects report this amazing good news on TV?

    Liked by 4 people

  37. amwick says:

    So, I wonder what happened to Jose Medina-Perez, 38, aka Oscar Manuel Peguero??. hmmm

    Liked by 4 people

  38. Og Oggilby says:

    I’m looking forward to the Long Year of Federal Indictments, from now until November 3, 2020. No MAGA without Law and Order.

    Liked by 3 people

  39. emet says:

    Not too late to also charge 18usc111, impeding a Federal officer. Depending in what she told the ICE Agent, possibly 18usc1001, lying to a Federal officer (normally used against friends of POTUS and Martha Stewart). I would guess there could be State charges, at least in theory.

    Liked by 4 people

  40. Michael Spadafora says:

    If I recall correctly, isn’t Massachusetts the state where Obama’s Auntie Zeituni ( now deceased ) and his Uncle Onyango had gamed the system for more than two decades? Talk about injustice…

    Liked by 3 people

    • steph_gray says:

      Why, yes it is. I live here. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

      I didn’t catch this until after Howie’s show, wish I’d heard it today. The treeper above who mentioned Howie’s tip to the Treehouse, thanks – I almost caught that yesterday but missed that one too…

      Howie follows the local illegal alien issue the way sundance does the coup. His show is a must listen.

      Liked by 1 person

  41. alliwantissometruth says:

    finally… Finally…FINALLY some consequences!

    Under Obama and the RINO / democrat Presidents of the last few decades, nothing was ever done about these absolute scumbags with power not only not enforcing the law but breaking laws themselves

    Before Trump it was a banana republic where those in power did whatever the hell they wanted when it came to the invaders and allowing them to usurp our laws with impunity

    ” Lelling said he has heard from people surprised his office would pursue charges against a sitting judge”

    It’s called the rule of law and no one is above it…. well, except for Hillary and most democrats, but hopefully this was a shot across the bow

    Watch and see how this simple action will send reverberations across the political landscape and make people think twice

    The hardcore democrat radicals will still be defiant of course, until a few of them are thrown in jail

    This is how it’s done folks. This is how you break these disgusting putrid radicals who feel above the law because there’s never been any consequences….. until now (hopefully)

    If more of this action is taken against others, watch how fast they lose their “compassion” and their “moral conviction”. Phonies, every last one of them

    Liked by 5 people

  42. lurker2 says:

    She strikes me as someone who is having psych issues. Does she hook up with the guys she releasese? Check her out in this video, Ally McBeal’s grandmother.

    Liked by 1 person

  43. TwoLaine says:


    Liked by 3 people

  44. meow4me2 says:

    Sadly, I’m in MA and I can say that the local news is calling the indictments “highly suspect”. So I’m off to post a few comments on their websites about the rule of law and not letting the taint of TDS infect your reporting.

    Liked by 9 people

  45. Sunshine says:

    Which of the two is in the most trouble? I figure the Judge.

    The Court Officer will say he was following the Judge’s orders. He’ll be found guilty of perjury.
    But the Judge is another story. She ordered the Courtroom camera shut down for almost one minute while she was giving her instructions.

    A fine day, indeed.

    Liked by 2 people

  46. Pennyjh says:

    Woo Hooo! May not be the top – it’s a beginning!

    Liked by 26 people

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