A.G. Maura Healey Needs to Step Down or Be Removed [OPINION]
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy has filed 36 lawsuits against the Trump Administration for the federal policies like the Mexican Border ones—1,900 miles away from Massachusetts. Thirty-six and he's just about halfway done in his first term!
So I had to read three times this morning what she had the laughable audacity to write in her statement:
“Today’s indictment is a radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts. It is a bedrock principle of our constitutional system that federal prosecutors should not recklessly interfere with the operation of state courts and their administration of justice.”
LOL is probably the best word here. Wow, so many questions!
Our Attorney General, the state's highest prosecutor for law enforcement is angry with the U.S. Federal Prosecutor Andrew Lelling for charging a Massachusetts judge for breaking the law, which could add up to 20 years in prison.
Judge Shelley M. Joseph is a (now suspended) District Court judge in Newton. Joseph is accused of helping Jose Medina-Perez, a twice-deported illegal immigrant with drug charges and a DUI, to escape from her courthouse.
Feds say Judge Joseph instructed her trial court officer, Wesley MacGregor, to open a locked back door so Perez could escape. A single agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement was waiting for Perez to finish his business in the Newton District Court and planned to detain him further to face federal matters.
Before Perez's matter was completely heard by Joseph, Perez's attorney pointed out the ICE agent waiting in the courtroom. Joseph ordered the federal agent to wait outside of the courtroom, where he waited in the hallway.
Once Perez's matter was finished, videotape shows the judge and Perez's attorney speaking off the record. Feds say Joseph instructed MacGregor to escort Perez to the back door, to evade the waiting ICE agent in the main corridor. Medina-Perez evaded authorities for two months after that.
No, you did not read that incorrectly. The Attorney General of one of the United States is pissed off that the federal government is pressing charges because a state official helped in the successful escape of a subject wanted by the federal government, here only by immigrating from the Dominican Republic illegally (again). And, yes, the state official is a judge.
Now, I am just stunned that Joseph could risk it all, everything she's worked for to be in her position as a judge, for a twice-deported illegal immigrant with multiple drug offenses and a DUI. Can she be of sound mind?
Still, Maura Healey may be in more questionable mental health than Joseph. The Attorney General is inadvertently implying that Joseph did the exact right thing. When did she say that, Ken? When she didn't press charges or investigate the matter. When she lashed out at the laws being enforced.
The only tough call as I see it, is what is greater here, the irony or the hypocrisy?
Healey stated that it somehow isn't the federal government's business when their business was impeded intentionally and illegally by a judiciary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
I believe the A.G. of Massachusetts has just disqualified herself to be our Attorney General. She has shown herself instead to be incompetent and unfit to serve the Commonwealth.
There can be no place in any held political office for a delusional, whimsical attorney who has no plans to enforce the laws that she is sworn to uphold. Let her own words be the judge.
She should be removed as soon as possible. Clearly, she is condemning the law and defending lawlessness. She is now amodo indigni (henceforth unworthy) of such a vital position to uphold the laws of this land.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@