An Oregon judge is under investigation after being accused of helping an illegal alien escape a courthouse in January.
According to Fox News, Multnomah County judge Monica Heeranz allegedly led an illegal alien, who was detained by ICE at the time, through a private entrance of the courthouse.
The detainee, 22-year-old Diddier Pacheco Salazar, was under arrest and facing deportation after receiving a DUI.
According to U.S. Attorney Billy Willaims, Salazar “somehow” managed to leave the courthouse through an employee exit.
“I prepped my client. I said, ‘I don’t know if they’re going to pick you up outside or what, but here’s how to prepare,'” John Schlosser, Salazar’s court appointed lawyer told a local paper. “After the court appearance, I went out in the hallway and sat. My client never came out. I can’t say that I’m surprised he didn’t come out, but I gave him his options, and assume he had to have been escorted out some other way.”
Fox News reports Judge Heeranz is also on the board of directors for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Salazar was arrested two weeks after the incident, and ICE agents did not pursue an investigation against Heeranz. However, Chief Judge Nan Waller of the Oregon courthouse is conducting an internal investigation.
“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 – whatever the motivation was,” Waller said.
H/T: Fox News
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