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.
This segment aired on April 25, 2019.