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Judge Shelley Joseph of Newton, MA; de facto criminal


The State of Massachusetts presented Shelley Joseph with a law license in 1992 after she graduated from the New England School of Law.


The State Bar of Florida found Crystal guilty of engaging in the following misconduct.


It should be noted that Gov. Charlie Baker was duped into appointing Shelley as a Newton District Court judge in September 2017 at an annual cost to the taxpayers of $184,694, which doesn’t’ include fringe benefits.


In April 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Judge Joseph with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Joseph was indicted along with former trial court officer Wesley MacGregor.


The gist of the indictment involves the arrest of an alien under Massachusetts law with being a fugitive from justice and narcotics possession. The record establishes that the defendant had been previously deport ed on two occasions and that a federal order prohibited his entry into the U.S. until 2027. After becoming aware of the defendant’s arrest in Newton, ICE issued a Federal warrant for his removal, which stated he was subject to removal from the United States.


After the defendant’s arrest, he was transferred to the custody of the Newton District Court (NDC) where Judge Joseph was assigned and wherein, she was provided with the federal Detainer and Warrant. Shortly thereafter, a plainclothes ICE officer was sent the Newton Court to execute the Warrant and take the defendant into custody following his release from Judge Joseph’s court.


Upon the ICE agent announcing his presence to Judge Joseph and court personnel, Judge Joseph ordered the ICE officer to leave her courtroom and wait outside in the lobby, stating if the defendant was released, it would be through the courtroom and into the lobby.


When the prisoner’s case was called, the proceedings were recorded on the courtroom’s audio system, as required under State District Court rules. The recording had Joseph, the defense attorney and Assistant DA speaking at a side bar about the defendants and ICE detainer and warrant. Judge Joseph then ordered the courtroom clerk to “go off the record.” Over the next 52 second, the audio record was turned off, in violation of District Court rules.


According to indictment, Joseph working in concert with the defendant’s attorney allowed for the defendant to be taken downstairs and released through a rear sally-port exit, thereby alluding the ICE agent.


All that remains now is to see how long it takes for Judge Joseph to cop a plea to lessen the amount of time she’ll have to spend in a federal prison.


As we speak (ca. July 2019), the Massachusetts Supreme Court ordered that Judge Joseph be placed on unpaid administrative leave.



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