In case against judge accused of helping man evade ICE, what's at stake?

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We hold judges in our legal system to a high standard. We ask them not only to know the law and help enforce it, but also to tackle ethical questions, have a strong moral compass, and a sharp sense of right and wrong.

That's what's at the heart of a case against a Newton district court judge.

In 2018, Judge Shelley Joseph was accused of helping a man escape the custody of federal immigration officers by letting him leave her courtroom through the back.

Her defense claims that the decision was within her discretion as a judge. However, as of yesterday, she has lost her initial appeal to have the case dismissed and she will be asked to stand trial.

Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and our WBUR legal analyst, joins us to talk about the case as well as well as the protests outside Mayor Wu's house, and U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson.

This segment aired on March 2, 2022.

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