Judge Lynette C. Kimmins, 13 lawyers, Zachary (I don’t have his last name) Federal Prosecutor
Observers: One Sam, Katrina Schumacher. There did seem to be some extra people on the court side of the seating area.
75 defendants including 11 women. 37 were charged with only a misdemeanor, 1325, and 38 had two charges, 1325-1326. This judge does not mention the country of origin or the place of entry. Most people entered the country within a few days of being picked up.
A few differences today. There were 11 women—more than usual. 9 people at a time entered the courtroom unshackled. There were no ICE present but between 4 and 6 marshals (some came and went) and a border patrol officer were in the courtroom. The marshals were, at times, together in a group talking during the proceedings.
Court started 15 minutes late. Three people were seen first; two were dismissed—one at least for language. Luis Felipe De Lara Martinez 17-29550M (lawyer Parra) is an English speaker. He may be a DACA person with a US citizen grandfather. His case was continued until November 20.
The 1325 people were all given ‘time served’ including one, Leonel Garcia Sanchez 17-29594MP disputed by the federal lawyer due to his prior record. The judge said she had looked at his record and he still would get time served.
Martin Carillo Alvarez 17-29654MP (lawyer Miranda) had been picked up that day but entered the US January 1, 2013. The judge said he had been found by the border patrol. He seemed dazed.
Olga Maria Flores Aquino 1729579M was picked up at the Douglas port-of-entry attempting to enter.
Kevin Enrique Sanchez Bracamonte (wrong name on calendar) 17-29624M (lawyer Trull) may have a claim to citizenship. His lawyer put this on the record but said that Mr. Sanchez did not want to pursue this right now because he had no access to documentation and just wanted to accept the sentence (105 days).
Cesar Vasquez Lopez 17-29646 (lawyer Trull) and Pedro Maguel Gaspar 17-29650 (lawyer Bashears) are both from Guatemala and were both very confused. The judge had them sit with their lawyers and took them last. One kept answering ‘ Sí, culpable’. Very slowly, with a lot of head-nodding by the lawyers, they got through the questions—30 days for Vasquez Lopez and 120 days for Miguel Gaspar.
37 people were sentenced to 2745 days or almost 7.5 years of incarceration. $441,945 of our tax dollars at work—a lot to private prisons.
- Katrina Schumacher