Magistrate Judge Jacqueline M. Rateau, 14 lawyers, one Border Patrol lawyer, a court recorder, two interpreters, a bailiff, 2 consular staff, 3 Federal Marshals. 3 ICE security guards, and assorted Border Patrol guards. I may have missed somebody.
There are 7 Magistrate Judges who have this duty—one week at a time.
Observers: One Sam and a reporter from the associated press from Phoenix
There were 63 migrants including 6 women. 19 were charged with only 1325 and 44 had both charges. The judge did not mention the country of origin. 21 people were picked up near Nogales, 21 near Sasabe, 7 near Lukeville and 6 near Naco. A couple were mentioned only as being picked up in Southern Arizona. 10 migrants gave entry dates at least a week before they were picked up.
Judge Rateau saw them in 10 groups beginning with 5 who were dismissed—all part of the plea bargain group. There was no discussion as to why.
Maria Mercedes Rangel Zavala 26595MP and Pedro Garcia Cruz26597MP were both picked up on August 27 trying to enter at the (Mariposa?) Nogales Port of Entry with other than their own ID. They were given ‘time served’. I have only seen inclusion in OS of people picked up at the gate for the past few weeks.
For the new method, this hearing went very fast (90 minutes) with a few notes on language put on the record by lawyers and a recommendation for incarceration. This judge asks fairly complex questions such as, ‘Mr. Lopez Zavala, has anyone threatened you or made any promises other than those in the plea agreement that you signed? (defendant needs to answer ‘No’), And you Mr. Nava Fierro. And you Mr. Vivas Garcia’…and the judge goes down the line without repeating the question. One defendant had malfunctioning earphones and she had them replaced without finding out what the man had missed.
Perhaps this method is better because it highlights the inhumanity of the whole system when people are treated as numbers or names on a docket. On a day like today lawyers have 4 or 5 clients which is much preferable to the 29 clients to 1 lawyer you might find in Del Rio, TX.
Those in the plea group were sentenced to 2255 days or about 6 years total probably served in private prisons. At 161$ a day that’s $363,055—all that gold.