Sentencing Delayed For Homeland Boss In Mass.

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A federal judge in Boston has criticized prosecutors for "overreaching" when going after a former top U.S. Department of Homeland Security official convicted of encouraging her Brazilian housekeeper to remain in the United States illegally.

Lorraine Henderson was a regional director of homeland security, customs and border protection. She was responsible for stopping illegal immigrants from entering the country through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Prosecutors accused her of violating the immigration law she had taken an oath to uphold.

The 52-year-old Henderson was scheduled for sentencing Friday, but the Boston Globe reports the judge delayed that until he decides whether to grant a motion by her lawyers to set aside the verdict and acquit her.

Henderson's lawyer did not immediately return a call by The Associated Press seeking comment.

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