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:


This entry was posted in Big Government, Conspiracy ?, Dept Of Justice, DHS, Illegal Aliens, Legislation, media bias, Notorious Liars, Occupy Type Moonbats, Political correctness/cultural marxism, Professional Idiots, propaganda, Typical Prog Behavior, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

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

  1. Rose says:

    Once she turned the recorder off she perverted the course of justice. I hope she ends up in a prison stuffed with South American female gang bangers I’m sure they’ll take good care of her.

    Liked by 8 people

  2. prairiedayz says:

    How sweet it is….what law breaking *itch.,,,,

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

    Liked by 3 people

  3. jx says:



    Liked by 9 people

  4. sarasotosfan says:

    Is there any doubt this has occurred in many courtrooms across the nation by “the resistance”? This is the tip of the iceberg. I bet there are a lot of nervous judges.

    Liked by 15 people

    • Linda K says:

      What about the Mayor of Oakland, Ca., who last year warned illegals that an ICE raid was
      scheduled the next day? She endangered the whole operation and nothing happened to her. Coincidentally, she was the same one complaining that her city was maxed out when Trump said he’d bus illegals to sanctuary cities in California, if dems don’t change the law.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Dutchman says:

      How can this be anything other than a signal, to all judges engaged in such behavior?
      A win-win, we either clear the bench of leftist judges, OR they start obeying the law, and turning the illegals over to ICE for deportation, as is required.

      It also has,GOT to be motivating mayors, police chiefs and even govenors huddling with their lawyers, on the,whole sanctuary cities issue.

      Except for single vs. masses, how is whay the Judge did, differeny than what sanctuary cities have been doing?
      (Ignoring Federal immigration detainers, and releasing illegals).

      THATS what their gonna want to discus with their lawyers!
      Lets have some JUSTICE around, heh?

      Liked by 9 people

      • sarasotosfan says:

        The Feds put together a case that included questioning the judge and instead of admitting what she did, she perjured herself.

        This case is completely different. The judge violated rules of conduct in perpetrating her crime. This is not in any way associated with any individual exercising free speech.

        Liked by 3 people

      • Lindenlee says:

        I don’t know, they seem to be completely disconnected from reality or conscience. I bet they are thinking, “It can’t happen to me”. The capability for self-deception is amazing, and the longer one has shielded one’s conscience from the influence of righteousness, the more impervious it becomes. The Bible calls it a “seared conscience”, as when you sear meat… Nothing gets in or out.


      • Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

        For sure. It’s an attention getter.
        Now, if only something could be done to bring sanctuary mayors, county execs and councils, governors back to behavior that supports sovereignty. Start with King County’s wacko lefty Exec and his EO to disallow ICE to use King County’s International Airport facility. King County, you know, the never land that has spent upwards of $200,000,000 on bums, drug addicts, street walkers in the Evergreen City’s finest downtown streets.


      • Robert Smith says:

        Just as arresting the Baltimore Mayor and charging some guy for voting illegally last week was. We might not get all of you, but you run some risk when you break the law.


    • CHenie says:

      A few more of these “actions” will curb this type behavior. But I wonder if Barr is doing this to gain credibility, only to then let Spygate offenders skate.

      The decision to indict or not indict Spygate offenders has already been made-and my guess is they will skate with a promise of “intense” FISA court training and rules enforcement-perhaps a whole new Congressional FISA oversight committee…just what we need, huh?


      • sarasotosfan says:

        We have waited a long time to get to this point. I think the tip of the spear is Judge Collyer and that should strike after the IG’s report on the FISA abuses is out.


  5. Coast says:

    This restoration of the rule of law needs to take place all across America. In one short week we could rid the courts of these liberal lawless creeps.

    Liked by 14 people

  6. Cathy M. says:

    Not honoring the Detainer request isn’t as big a deal as interfering in the effort to comply with a court order.
    The ICE Agents also provided them a copy of the “Order of Removal” for the alien. An Order of Removal is issued & signed by a Federal Judge.

    Liked by 7 people

  7. amwick says:

    This reporter was at the court for the arraignments…

    Liked by 14 people

    • mac says:

      How’s that Federal heat feel now, Shelley? With any luck your butt will never sit on a judicial bench again. Plus, your income is stopped and your outgo for lawyers is headed for Mars and beyond.

      Get set to be made an object lesson, Shelley. Maybe you’ll get lucky and they’ll put you in the same cell with Lori Laughlin.

      Liked by 1 person

      • amwick says:

        Sure hope so. She was not the only one that behaved this way, but I think that they had very clear evidence on her…
        Jail… after a trial… I hope so.


  8. andyocoregon says:

    The ACLU always has to interfere with immigration enforcement.


    Liked by 3 people

  9. Sportyclays says:

    Shelley better brush up on her cornrowing skills. She’s gonna get all the cultural enrichment she can handle from her brown sisters in the clink.

    Liked by 6 people

  10. k4jjj says:

    By this standard, half of the public officials in California could and should be indicted and immediately removed from office. Release the Kraken !

    Liked by 9 people

  11. solomonpal says:

    We we find out the two were texting each other? Mutual TDS and STD’s ?


  12. CharterOakie says:

    Hopefully this judge’s indictment is just one of many, many similar actions all around the country.

    Boom! MAGA!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Pale rider says:

    Yee haw! Good news! The pond has a ripple, its a little ripple but everybody felt it.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. curator55 says:

    Mass. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s final eloquent and rational words in the ABC video clip of his press conference must have sent shivers through a few Coup conspirators and others like Hillary, Comey etc that believed they are above the law for “ordinary” folks. It is a harbinger of similar stunning indictments about to come of those previously considered immune to prosecution. This could be a major turning point in U.S. history similar to other situations in the past when the reckless and the irresponsible were leading the nation into decline but were finally stopped.

    “The law must apply to all of us, even the rich and famous. Today, I must add it must apply to the privileged and powerful. If the law is not applied equally…it can not credibly be applied to anyone.”


    Liked by 5 people

  15. TreeClimber says:

    Seems to me this sets a good precedent… plus it may (if you’ll pardon my wild flight of fancy born of the spy-novel days we’re living) be part of a bigger plan… the prosecutor said that the rule of law applies to everyone… start at the very bottom and just systemically move all the way to the top? A girl can hope.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. The ADA should be prosecuted as well since he was present at the side-bar and knew of the intent of the judge to thwart ICE officers.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Eddison Tollett Night's Watch says:

      Obviously, the ADA cooperated and testified to what happened. His career in that state court is probably over since every judge there will be gunning for him now! (SD I decided to change my name from California Joe to something more interesting if you follow GOT!).


  17. USA First! says:

    This is great news and a great day for the rule of law! The reason why is it will let the judges that are out of control realize that they are not untouchable.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Joe says:

    She cried on her way out of court.

    I wonder if she cried when Kate Steinle was murdered?

    Liked by 6 people

    • InAz says:

      @. Joe

      Liked by 1 person

    • CHenie says:

      I offer no sympathy for Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, (the name itself should be a tip-off, why does anyone need (4) names in their identity-)

      I’m gonna say it and I do not care what you think of me for saying it:

      This judge’s actions were akin to treason and sedition…she openly and knowingly aided and abetted a criminal who entered US territory illegally, then was deported, then re-entered illegally, then committed more crimes.

      And then there are the compounding effects of Shelley’s actions-as in word gets around to the illegal aliens that Federal judges will just let them do whatever they please, like murder Kate Steinle. IT IS INFURIATING.

      So, I hope “Shelley” gets the maximum sentence allowed by law. And then once Shelley is locked up, I hope she gets “run through” by a gang of illegal aliens. THAT will be the LEAST she deserves.


      • G. Willikers says:

        Just want to point out that Judge Joseph here is a district judge (appointed by RINO MA Gov. Baker) not a Federal judge (appointed by the President). Her court is in the sanctuary city of Newton.

        Please Mr. President, if you’re going to relocate busloads of border jumping invaders, Newton Center makes for a wonderful bus depot. The limousine liberals can all demonstrate their welcoming open arms as they watch their property values plummet.


  19. CN says:

    Amazing what’s happening under Barr’s leadership. This should have happened under Snoreregard too.


  20. Dave Hunter says:

    And what about the defense attorney, who is an officer of the court and takes an oath to faithfully uphold the law? He or she was a part of the conspiracy, in fact furthered it by falsely requesting as was agreed with the judge to accompany the defendant to the basement lockup.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. pgroup says:

    There is no way this US attorney would have done this if it had not been approved by AG Barr ahead of time. I’d say it’s a good sign, and it is a message from Barr that law & order is back.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Aeyrie says:

    Thank you! Now can we see that bleeping Oakland mayor indicted, please?

    Liked by 5 people

    • sickconservative says:

      Really the list is long and now that the SC BS has ended the restraints have also.
      Time for justice to reign.


  23. CNN_sucks says:

    Thanks to PDJT. Justice is slowly implemented. No more activist judges.


  24. curator55 says:

    Liked by 1 person

  25. ray says:

    why would the court officer throw away his life for this.
    His pension will be gone his health ins for his family,just dosen’t make sense.
    I think in a Fed case there is a minium jail time and at least 5000$ fine.


  26. whodoneit says:

    It’s about time. So why is there not a great deal more of this going on? – such as many other judges, mayors and even governors throughout the country who are blatantly breaking Federal immigration laws by refusing to cooperate with ICE and setting up sanctuary cities? Or in the case of CA – sanctuary state. Being in the USA illegally is a crime – period, and the illegals know it. And committing another crime on top of it makes them all that much more a criminal. Therefore – any judge, police officer, mayor, governor or anyone else for that matter who is found to be aiding and abetting them is a criminal themselves and should be charged as such. That is the LAW!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. nbkilgore says:

    For 8 years ICE Agents and their Prosecutors have been hobbled under 44’s administration, then another 2 years of bullshit from liberal judges who think they are above the law. Now the tables have been turned, show no mercy Honey Badger AG Barr, show them they picked the wrong Barr to fight within!


  28. Eddison Tollett Night's Watch says:

    This is almost as good as seeing Brennan arrest, almost! It’s about time somebody stood up for ICE instead of letting local politicians and news media walk all over them!:

    Liked by 1 person

  29. k4jjj says:

    Long overdue ! ! ! The country is full of judges and other public officials who willfully violate any law with which they disagree. Either we have enforcement or millions of us will join in the wholesale violation of laws we don’t like. This will quickly turn into anarchy.

    We who follow and respect the law have been turned into suckers by judges like her.

    This judge is a criminal just other common street criminals ONLY WORSE. This hypocrite claims to be someone who UPHOLDS the law. How dare she cry as she is being led out of the courtroom.

    She ordered the tape recorder be turned off. That is clear evidence of intent to obstruct justice. She deserves to have the book thrown at her, to be disbarred and never allowed to preside in a courtroom again.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. CA M says:

    We have a whole passel of judges here in Oregon we would LOVE to see hauled off for Obstruction of Justice, corruption, etc. I have a feeling we are last to get cleaned up, though. They keep sending us crazies. Now the whole state is a bunch of drugged out old hippies.


  31. Robert Smith says:

    Here’s a story with some video:


  32. Jim Raclawski says:

    this , boys and girls, is what a REAL case of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction looks like…..

    Liked by 1 person

  33. mdt123 says:

    Was this press video after her indictment and bond or was she coming out of her judgeship role?


  34. moe ham head says:

    pretty fun huh? thats the city i grew up in
    i have a few friends in the dept there it will be interesting to get their version


  35. askandgettruth says:

    i would expect this from MASS_HOLE judges lets see if this traitor goes to prison


  36. Finbar O'Shaunnessey says:

    The shot heard ’round the bar.


  37. Jack Worthington says:

    Well, politics is violence and then people vote. Go figure. Political government it the bane of humanity. Voting is an act of violence. Shelly Richardson Joseph is criminal and deserves big time in the Big Outhouse. Same for Wesley MacGregor.


  38. Rebeccab says:

    So important that this circuit court judge and
    court officer be held accountable for not following the law… Thank God the rule of law is coming back after years of “nods and winks”..ignoring procedures of law by the very ones appointed to enforce it. ITS ENOUGH!
    Yep, there’s a new sheriff in town..


  39. Brad says:

    Funny how she thinks “SHE” is above the law! Now she should go straight to prison!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s