Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman,
Federal Prosecutor Zachary Wiess, 17 defense attorneys (2 FPD), 4 US Marshals.
2 interpreters, a Mexican Consulate Rep and other court personnel.
75 migrants/refugees/US residents on the docket today including 6 women. 55 people were charged only with Illegal Entry (1325) and 20 had the additional felony charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326)).
About 20 prisoners were in the courtroom at any one time, all in 5-point shackles. This group arrived here before 9:00 this morning in shackles for time in this courtroom with their lawyers, are unshackled in cells during lunch, shackled again for court and the return trip to detention or the border. Those Mexicans being deported today are unshackled at the border.
This judge does not give any information about country of origin or place of entry into Arizona. The Mexican Consulate Rep said there were 47 Mexicans. We heard from lawyers who had clients from Ecuador, Honduras and El Salvador. 39 out of 63 migrants were arrested the day they entered—we get no information about those who are dismissed or continued. 2 migrants entered our Arizona desert 10 days before arrest.
12 people were dismissed without prejudice at the start of the proceedings. These are usually people from Guatemala and Southern Mexico whose primary language is not Spanish. Other reasons for dismissal are questions of age and lack of understanding. Two were continued.
Rosalio Gonzalez Ramirez 19-22581M (Atty Grace Goodman) was continued (I didn´t get the date), had his initial and detained.
Mario Martinez Arizqueta 19-22605M (Atty Diana Castillo-Reina) was continued until 2/25 at 9:45. He was not accepting the plea and his attorney supports this. He had his initial appearance and was detained. At one point Judge B was confused and advised Mr. Martinez that he could be held for 20 years. Ms. Castillo-Reina asked the judge to restate that so as not to scare her client (2 not 20). The defendant had family members who are gravely ill and wanted to get out quickly.
Fernando Barrera Maldonado 19-22610MP (Atty Peter Matiatos) was dismissed during the proceedings. He is a Tohono O’Odham tribal member living on the Mexican side of the border. He did not have his tribal ID with him. The defendant wanted to plead guilty to get ‘time served’ and go home but his lawyer wanted him to be seen. The FP, Mr. Wiess, asked to talk to Mr. Matiatos and was instructed by Judge B. to do so—result was dismissal.
This judge tells lawyers that their requests are already in the records she has before her but some lawyers put requests for asylum on CFIs (Credible Fear Interviews) on the record.
Elida America Calmo Sanchez 19-22585MP (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) was dismissed and is requesting a CFI.
Sandro Gonzalez Galindo 19-22602MP (Atty Mark Willimann) from Honduras is requesting a CFI and his attorney wanted it on the minute record. Time served.
Lidia Cristina Mendoza Mendoza 19-22615MP (Atty Saul Huerta) from Ecuador is requesting a CFI. Time served.
Francisca Esperanza Hernandez Martinez 19-22641MP (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) from El Salvador disagreed with information on her I 213. She did want a CFI and had asked to see a rep from the consulate. Time served.
Rosario Javier Moreno Cota 19-22636M (Atty Alejandro Muñoz) objected to much of the information contained in his I 213. A good bit of it was wrong but he is not requesting a CFI. They had his date of entry wrong which he remembered because it was his birthday. 180 days.
14 defendants from the 1325/1326 group were sentenced to 1,115 days of incarceration an a Core Civic prison contracted with our government.
Observers/visitors: Myra Lesser and one GV Sam.