Judge who helped illegal alien escape turns down plea deal

Judge who helped illegal alien escape turns down plea deal
Massachusetts Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph is escorted from the courthouse by federal agents. ABC 5 Boston video

[Ed. – Odd decision]

When last we checked in on suspended Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph, she was in considerable hot water. Having allegedly conspired with as many as five people to orchestrate the escape of a criminal illegal alien from her courtroom, she was arrested and prosecutors didn’t seem to be in the mood to let her off lightly. The charges she’s facing could carry decades of jail time, not to mention the end of her judicial career.

But with a bit more time to think about it, the US Attorney handling the case appeared to have a change of heart. He decided to offer Joseph a deal in which she could avoid criminal prosecution if she admitted her behavior was improper and managed to not get into any more trouble for a year. A pretty sweet deal, eh? Apparently not in the judge’s opinion. She turned it down flat. (Boston Globe)

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