Judge Monica Herranz in Oregon could be in yuge trouble after she knowingly aided an illegal alien from ICE by sneaking him out a doorway meant for employees only. Didn’t she get the memo that Barack Obama was gone? She is now facing a DOJ investigation for obstruction of justice.
18 USC 1503 is the most common obstruction charge. The statute has two prongs, one concerning obstruction by attempting to influence jurors or officers in a judicial proceeding, and another that concerns obstruction of the “due administration of justice.”
The second prong, by comparison, is not restricted to ‘in connection with his or her duties in a federal case.’ The second prong of the obstruction of justice statute applies to any conduct that affects the “due administration of justice.” As such, this type of obstruction is very broad. The statute prohibits any activity that “corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.”
18 USC 1503 is a felony offense for which the sentence can be 10 years imprisonment.
According to the Oregon newspaper, plainclothes federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been at the courthouse looking for illegal immigrants. That is when lower court judge Monica Herranz allegedly had Pacheco escorted out through a private entrance in order to avoid being captured by ICE agents who were looking for him to arrest him on immigration charges. Federal agents arrested Pacheco two weeks later at another court hearing.
The attorney for the illegal alien expressed surprise at the disappearance of his client from the courtroom. 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,’” Salazar’s lawyer John Schlosser said to the local reporters. “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.”
While federal authorities have not yet filed criminal charges against Herranz, her court superiors are also carrying out an inquiry into her alleged actions.