Judge Bowman subbing for Lynnette Krimmins, 1:30 - 3:30
17 lawyers, Border Patrol lawyer Zachary Wiest
Observers—One, Katrina Schumacher GV Sam
75 migrants were on the calendar today including 11 women. 43 people were charged with only illegal entry—1325 and 32 with the additional charge of illegal reentry—1326. 5 people said they entered the country about 5 days before their arrest.
4 migrants from the 1325 group were dismissed at the beginning of the proceedings and one additional Quiche speaker from Guatemala was dismissed by Judge Bowman in consultation with Mr. Wiest because she felt he could not understand the proceedings and the misdemeanor was not enough to hold him for an interpreter. She did give him a ‘don’t-come-back’ lecture.
This judge only mentions the date of entry provided by the defendant. Any other information comes from the interchange between the lawyer and the judge.
Manuel Tzoc Cambrez 18-21802MP (lawyer Richard Bacal) had originally asked for a ‘credible fear’ interview but had withdrawn it. One of the lawyers said that people who found they would only get ‘timed served’ often withdrew a request for an interview.
Another client of Richard Bacal, Josue Alejandro Gonzalez Ixmata 18-21834MP, from Guatemala wanted to persist in seeking a credible fear interview. His lawyer gave him paperwork and a referral to the Florence Project.
The migrants with two charges were sentenced to 1740 days of incarceration most likely in private prisons. 17 of the 32 defendants were only sentenced to 30 days which may mean that this is the first time they have been arrested for reentry.
Tania Jimena Sop Herrera 18-21909MP said through her lawyer Jose Lerma that she had not said what the Border Patrol attributed to her and that they had not asked her about credible fear.
Today there were several confused defendants. Judge Bowman deconstructed the questions, slowed down and asked specific questions to check Spanish language skills and comprehension. She used some constructions I don’t remember hearing—‘Did you come into the U.S. from a place not designated for entrance into the country?’ I wish they would let observers use the headsets—I’d like to hear what that sounds like in Spanish.
Now that shackles are no longer allowed in the courtroom, defendants are told to clasp their hands behind their backs. Some weeks with some judges most people do that. With this judge and Judge Krimmins almost no one kept her/his hands clasped behind. I don’t know why this is so.
- Katrina Schumacher