Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco, 15 attorneys, Federal Prosecutor Zachery Weist, 4 marshals, Mexican Consul Rep, 2 interpreters, Court Recorder and various Border Patrol—mostly in the holding room adjacent to the courtroom.
Observers: Two groups of teens—one group left early and about 10 were local students with an instructor, Suzanne Mattox from Oregon with one GV Sam.
75 migrants including 5 women were on the calendar. Yesterday, Monday, only 4 were charged with Illegal Entry (1325) only, Today 37. I think after a weekend those with a felony are sent to Streamline first and I don’t know what happens to those picked up for 1325 on Friday or Saturday. 38 migrants had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326).
We did not hear the country of origin, date or location of entry into Arizona for the 16 people dismissed or continued—2 to go to trial. Of the others 30 were from Mexico, 26 were from Guatemala, and 2 each from Ecuador and Honduras. It is likely that many of the 10 dismissed were from Guatemala and spoke an indigenous language. 19 migrants were arrested near Lukeville, 17 near Sasabe, 11 near Nogales, 7 near Douglas and 6 near Naco. 4 people were arrested 4-5 days after entry; most were arrested within a day or two.
Each of the 7 judges is handling the return of shackling differntly. This judge had the entire group of 38 charged with 1325 seated in the courtroom in addition to 7 to be dismissed or continued from the plea group. As one group of 6-7 finished, the seated defendants all stood and shifted toward the front. It was noisy today with the shackles, a mumbling judge and no access to earphones and I missed some information on those to be continued.
Marlon Alonso Caballero Guzman 18-37398MP (Atty Diana Castillo Reina) was continued until112/18 9:30 (trial??).
Pedro Almaraz Jose 18-37431M (Atty Peter Matiatos) was continued until 12/17 at 2:00.
Pablo Coronel Garcia 18-37439M (Atty Diana Castillo Reina) was continued until 12/6 .
Bartolo Gomez Gomez 18-37475M (Peter Matiatos) 12/17?
Judge Velasco said two of the 1325 group chose to go to trial. I noted one above and the other may have been one I marked as dismissed from the 1325 group--
Rogelio Ramirez Matias 18-37397MP,
Heriberto Espinobarros Silva 18-37414MP,
Mario Ramirez Chox 18-37441MP,
Domingo Tum Cotiy 1837445MP,
Maria Garcia Alvarez 18-37446MP,
Francisco Tzaput Guarchaj 18-37447MP or
Juanita Cayetano De Jesus 18-37449MP.
The remaining migrants from the 1325 misdemeanor group were given ‘time served’ except one who had a prior record of 5 days in 2009.
Olegario Reyes Ramirez 18-37348MP (Atty Charles Thomas) was sentenced to 7 days in prison though his lawyer argued against it.
There were two requests for Credible Fear interviews put on the record—no papers seen.
Francisco Morales Sady 18-37390MP (Atty David Maldonado) from Guatemala—time served.
Bryan Ricardo Sani Tenesaca 18-37396MP (Atty Grace Goodman) from Ecuador—time served.
Herculano Gustavo Vicente Ramos 18-37442MP from Guatemala—time served-- and Selvin Suazo Perez 18-37402M from Honduras—30 days-- were wearing face masks.
30 of the 1325/1326 group were sentenced to 1680 days of incarceration which will likely be spent in private prisons in Florence, AZ. One woman asked to go to a prison in Georgia or Tennessee. The judge made that recommendation but final decisions rests with the Bureau of Prisons.
Judge Velasco came back to speak to the group of students after the hearing as he usually does. He the judge who gives most information on the migrants and feels it his responsibility to talk to groups. If only he did not mumble.