Judge helps Criminal Illegal Alien Escape from ICE
There should be a law against aiding and abetting criminals. Oh wait, there already is.
In a world of gray areas, some issues should be straightforward. For example, police apprehend criminals. Next, prosecutors try criminals. And finally, judges sentence criminals.
This one judge decided to go one step further, and added “helping convicted criminals escape.”
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
As this story suggests, it’s getting harder to tell the good guys from the bad guys in American jurisprudence. A judge stands accused of helping a criminal illegal alien escape her courtroom where federal immigration officials waited to arrest and deport him.
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Drunk driver Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, pled guilty to driving under the influence on January 27 in Multnomah County, Oregon. Instead of prison time, the judge let him walk, literally. Judge Monica Herranz facilitated Salazar’s escape.
Every courtroom in Multnomah County has three doors. One is for public use, while another is the judge’s private entrance. Finally, a third transfers inmates to and from the jail.
U.S. Attorney Billy Williams accused the judge of facilitating Salazar’s escape from federal accountability through her private entrance. Williams told KOIN the only explanation was that Herranz or her staff helped the repeat offender use a different exit when they realized the ICE agents were there for Salazar.
ICE brought the matter to Williams after Salazar evaded the immigration enforcement officials.
“I felt that it was inappropriate and delegitimizes the work of ICE agents who are out there doing their jobs. When you’re talking about the judicial system – whether it’s federal or by state – you have an expectation that people are going to abide by the law and not take steps based on their own motivations, their own politics,” Williams told Fox 12.
Apparently Herranz believed that Obama was still president, thus this behavior would be rewarded?
Herranz is on the board for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Their stated mission: help the “legal” Latino community, so they claim. Legal schmegal, right?
Salazar is a construction worker from Mexico. He came to America where his occupation commanded much more money, because believe it or not, there is building in Mexico.
While here taking a job from an American construction worker, Salazar was charged with DUI on New Year’s. He initially pled not guilty. However, he changed his plea at a second court appearance on January 27 in exchange for a deferred sentence and participation in a diversion program.
If Herranz upheld the law by doing her job, that drunk would be drying out and sobering up in Mexico. Instead, authorities re-arrested the criminal illegal two weeks later when he returned for another court appearance. Salazar now resides at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington.
Unfortunately, ICE decided not to pursue a criminal investigation against Judge Herranz. They’re too busy hunting and deporting criminal illegals. However, Chief Judge Nan Waller is conducting an internal investigation of Herranz. We need to help Judge Waller come to the right decision on this case, and dump Herranz.