Retired Judges Warn Of Attack On Judicial Independence

Law360 (September 16, 2019, 4:16 PM EDT) -- A group of retired Massachusetts judges on Monday asked a federal court to toss charges against a state judge who allegedly helped a migrant dodge an immigration officer, saying that the case could have "devastating" consequences for judicial independence.

The 61 retired judges argued that if Newton District Judge Shelley M. Joseph, who allegedly helped a defendant leave out a courthouse back door to avoid a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, is prosecuted, Massachusetts judges will feel pressured to avoid antagonizing federal officials, especially in cases involving immigrants living in the country without permission.

"Judges cannot be impartial in the...

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