Magistrate Lynnette Kimmins
Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Criminal Justice Attorneys: 16
Federal Public Defenders: 2
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Cenny Swacha
Visitors: Family of migrant being tried.
Of the 75 migrants, 27 were first-time crossers. One was Cruz Martin-Ramirez, who having mixed up his “si’s” and “no’s,” was asked to sit down with his lawyer. After observing court procedure for an hour, he was brought back up before the magistrate. His “si’s” and “no’s” were in the right order this time, but still had trouble answering that he was from Guatemala. Guilty. Time Served. (I am surprised neither Kimmins nor his lawyer Solares asked Mr. Lewis for a dismissal based on lack of language comprehension. Four other first-time crossers were dismissed at the beginning of court.)
Prior to court beginning, I was able to locate and alert Natalie Haywood, the lawyer of Maria Eva Verdin Montes (19-26893M), to come speak with her family in the audience. Maria was due for prison time, but after speaking with the federal prosecutor, Haywood managed to get her case rescheduled to May 20th, 2pm. She was detained, having “no ties to the community.” (Really?)
Lawyers for two migrants said they wanted to withdraw their credible fear claims. No other claims.
An unusual number of migrants—33—were not apprehended right away. Some spent 5-6 days in the desert. Most crossed near Sasabe, then Lukeville with a few near Douglas, Nogales and Naco. Two attempted to cross at the Nogales Port of Entry. (Where was the border patrol?)
Altogether, the 44 sentenced will spend 2355 days in mostly private prisons.