Tucson Federal Court with Judge D. Thomas Ferraro
There were 62 detainees on the list including 5 women, 4 people from Guatemala and 2 from Honduras.
There were about 60 observers in three main groups of about 20 each. Barb and Laurie’s group with folks from Southern Arizona Unitarian community (?), one group from Flagstaff with a leader from No More Deaths, and what appeared to be a group of high school students. A lone woman, citizen of the USA was there for her husband who was one on the detainees sentenced.
2 detainees had their cases dismissed as we were entering. 5 others spoke a dialect which was pointed out by the attorney but told the judge they could understand the proceedings. Do they know they might be dismissed if they don’t speak Spanish?
People were picked up near Douglas, Naco, Nogales, Sasabe, Menager’s Dam (1) and Lukeville. There were 7 requests which the judge said he would recommend though we are told it is not a guarantee. Most requests were for incarceration in Arizona, mostly Florence, and two brothers wanted to be together.
One man and his attorney were seen alone by the Judge at the end of the proceedings. The Judge went over the same material he had said before—perhaps to be sure he understood.
Most people were picked up in the last 4 days but in this group one man had entered over a year ago and the Judge used that date. Someone asked the lawyer who spoke to us later about it and perhaps Barb or Laurie heard the answer.
The prisoners were sentenced to 4020 days total. Using the $140 a day to keep a person in jail that makes $562,800 plus 15 lawyers for 6 hours at $125 an hour making $11,250.
One of the lawyers, Hortencia Delgadillo, said she would talk to us briefly outside the courtroom. I think she liked the questions because she talked to us for 15 or 20 minutes. She talked about her role, sentencing, and the charges. I heard enough to wish I could hear better because I was missing some good info. Again, ask Barb or Laurie.