Magistrate Jacqueline Rateau
Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Criminal Justice Attorneys: 13
Federal Public Defenders: 2
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: UCC Plymouth Church, Seattle, youth group
Magistrate Rateau inconsistently mentions when they crossed (but not the exact date, rather, “Did you cross during the last 10 days?”) and never where or from which country. Six attempted to cross at Nogales port of entry with false documents.
Her pattern is to ask the first migrant before her a question, then say, “Laura Nanduca-Hernandez to you,” down the line. She does ask all lawyers and migrants if they have any questions before sentencing, but does not look directly at them each time she addresses them.
Of the 75, 6 were dismissed for lack of interpreters, 17 were first time crossers and 42 crossed the second time. After the first time crossers pleaded guilty, Rateau said, “I remand you to the Bureau of Prisons.” (Actually, they are dismissed to ICE either to directly to return to Mexico or to remain in detention until an airplane can fly them to their countries.)
Lawyer Amsel’s client seemed nervous and she sat with him to determine if there was a medical problem. Returning to Rateau, the magistrate sentenced him to time served, but then the interpreter interjected that the client had not been wearing his headset during the conversation between the lawyer and magistrate. Rateau called him back to the bench and repeated everything all over again with headsets in place.
No credible fear requests. One withdrew his and will be released with his wife.
Collectively, they will spend 2610 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to taxpayers of $420,210 ($161/day).