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Mass. Top Court Defending Independent Judiciary In ICE Fight

Law360, Boston (August 14, 2019, 7:13 PM EDT) -- Massachusetts' top court moved to reinforce the independence of the state judiciary itself when it decided to reinstate pay for the judge charged with helping an immigrant evade custody, recognizing the high stakes of the criminal case against the jurist, experts told Law360.

The Supreme Judicial Court's two concurring opinions offered different reasoning about why Judge Shelley Joseph should remain off the bench as her criminal case proceeds but still draw her $181,000 salary, including a pair of justices who said they would have pulled her pay had it not been for this "highly unusual" circumstance. Judge Joseph has been suspended...

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