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Prosecutors Charge Mass. Judge, Ex-Court Officer With Obstruction, Saying Pair Helped Man Evade ICE18:06
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In this March 12, 2019 file photo, Andrew Lelling, Massachusetts U.S. attorney, speaks during a news conference in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)
In this March 12, 2019 file photo, Andrew Lelling, Massachusetts U.S. attorney, speaks during a news conference in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling is charging a trial court judge and a former court officer with obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred last April, when the pair allegedly helped a man slip out the back door of a Newton courthouse to avoid detention by federal immigration authorities.

Middlesex County Judge Shelley M. Richmond and now-retired court officer Wesley MacGregor are facing three obstruction charges, including conspiracy, aiding and abetting and obstruction of a federal proceeding.

Joseph has been suspended without pay, effective immediately, by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

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Shannon Dooling, WBUR reporter. She tweets @sdooling.

Nancy Gertner, retired federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, WBUR legal analyst. She tweets @ngertner.

This segment aired on April 25, 2019.

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