DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court (1:30-3:50)
Magistrate: Leslie Bowman
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Fifteen lawyers, 4 Marshals, 3 Border Patrol
Mexican Consulate representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Steve Teichner
Visitors: U of A pre-law student
This magistrate mentions neither country nor place of entry into the U.S. However, lawyers said there were an unusual number from Guatemala. There also were an unusual number of women (8), those who couldn’t understand and had to confer with their lawyers, and those who were out in the desert before being apprehended 2-4 days, several 8 days.
Of the 75 migrants, 17 were 1st time crossers who pled guilty and were released with a criminal record and returned to their countries. Four were dismissed due to lack of an interpreter, 1 held over to find an interpreter. One was found to have violated his supervised parole so will be tried on the felony charge. Two refused the plea bargain and also were rescheduled to be tried only on the felony charge. (They are looking at 2 years in prison if they fail their case.)
Asylum: Gilberto Enrique Monreal-Perez (18-25674M), lawyer Raul Miranda, asked for asylum. No indication he gave Gilberto a paper to request asylum and I couldn’t catch Miranda before he left court.
Some lawyers, especially Miranda and Lerch, make a point of telling the magistrate their client’s first language is not Spanish, but he appeared to understand. The magistrate then asked their client if this is true. Always, “yes.”
Altogether those sentenced will spend 3120 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to you and me of $502,320.