Judge Leslie A. Bowman, 17 lawyers. BP lawyer Zachary Wiest, 1:30 to 3:30
Observers: 2 groups of students, perhaps 25 total from Georgetown and Boston University on spring break field trips to study immigration issues. Mary Jane and Don Westra with Katrina Schumacher--Green Valley Sam
There were 75 migrants including 4 women. 34 were charged only with illegal entry—1325 and 41 had the additional charge of illegal re-entry. 3 people said they had entered the country 5-7 days before their arrest; all others entered between March 3 and March 7. This judge gives no information about country of origin or where a defendant entered the US. What little info we have came from interaction between the judge and the lawyers. All the 1325s were sentenced to ‘time served’.
*Adabella Esquivel Medina 18-23325MP (lawyer Ruben Teran) asked for a credible fear interview through her lawyer.
*Diodoro Lopez Rojas 18-23334MP (lawyer Luis Parra) was terribly confused even after time out with his lawyer. The judge questioned him alone at the end of his group and finally asked his lawyer and Mr. Wiest if they were satisfied—time served.
*Santos Alejandro Son Cua 18-23336MP (lawyer Jordan Malka FPD) may have had a credible fear request. His lawyer spoke to the judge but was difficult to understand.
*Hugo Villa Espiritu 18-23289MP (lawyer Jessica Ruiz) had his right arm in a sling but no explanation was given.
*Edgar Ramos Ramos 18-23285M (lawyer Rodolfo Valenzuela), a Mam speaker from Guatemala, was very confused. The judge went over the material several times in different ways and finally approved of the sentencing in consultation with the lawyers—30 days.
*Ivan Perez Oria 18-23286M (lawyer Ruben Teran) was worried because the BP had written that he had $1 and not $101. He wanted that on the record.
*Otiniel Aaron Godinez Caceres 18-23362M (lawyer Jessica Ruiz) said he had been hurt at entry and needed medical care. His injuries were not visible and the exchange between the judge and lawyer was difficult to hear.
Judge Bowman sentenced 2310 days. She has no discretion in modifying the sentence. At $161 a day for incarceration the cost to the tax payer is $371,910 for one day out of four each week in Tucson Arizona which represents one sector out of nine on our southern border.
Note from last week. I spoke to Mark Willimann, the lawyer of the oldest man I had ever seen at OS who was his client a week ago. Jose Ignacio Alvarenga 18-22978M is 74 and from El Salvador. He said he had entered the country near Douglas one week before his arrest. He was to be sentenced to 75 days but Mr. Willimann was able to talk Mr. Wiest down to 30.
Now that there are no shackles, prisoners are told to keep their hands clasped behind their backs. There appears to be varying degrees of compliance with this directive perhaps depending on judge or marshals on duty. Today a large majority kept their hands at their sides or in front.
- Katrina Schumacher