Judge: Leslie Bowman
Two high school groups, one from Flagstaff with a leader who was with No More Deaths
A group from a Catholic school in Minnesota. Both groups were doing other border activities.
About 50 observers in all including adults with each group.
There were 29 people on the list including two women.
Two men, Raul Garcia Iturbide (20424) and Jacobo Baldomero-Garcia (20443) were dismissed for language concerns.
Another man, Reginio Esteban-Aguilar (20423) also needed an interpreter for Mixteco Bajo but he was continued on February 2. His lawyer objected to the delay.
Griselda Cano-De Acosta (20425) (lawyer Paul Beshears) had entered in November of 2012 and had recently been picked up at a traffic stop. She had adult children here. She was sentenced to 150 days. There is an immigration lawyer working with the family.
The combined sentences were 2115 days at $161/day is $340, 515 for Florence private prisons.
Judge Bowman does not say where migrants come from or where they enter the US. She later said it was to preserve as much privacy for people as she could—a concern that became very important to her during 20 years as a defense attorney.
Judge Bowman and lawyer Joel Parra answered questions from the school groups for about an hour. These were great questions ranging from questions on procedure to existential questions such as the proper role of a judge or lawyer in the face of an unjust system—what is the difference between justice and law.
Repetition: The standard questions that are asked can be extremely repetitive especially when there are 75 migrants. It can be dehumanizing and lead to less attention being paid. Judge B believes it important to ask questions and focus on each defendant. The lawyers explain the procedures carefully to their clients.
Due Process: OS does comply with due process and Judge B says, is just and fair. People going through OS get a much better deal than they would going through the courts with a felony charge. Is there a better way to deal with people entering this country? Judge B says ‘Yes’. As a deterrent OS does not work well but look at the rest of our court/justice system—it’s not working well either—backed up courts, unequal arrests, over crowded jails. Katrina Schumacher