Magistrate Judge Bruce G. MacDonald, 15 lawyers
Observers: One Sam (Katrina Schumacher) and two daughters of one older defendant.
75 migrants including 5 women—20, 1325 only, 55 plea bargains. The judge did not mention country of origin. 15 people were picked up near Lukeville, 14 near Nogales 12 each near Naco and Sasabe and 11 near Douglas. 4 people had about a week between the day they said they entered the country and the day they were picked up.
Javier Cano Medina 28054M (lawyer James Smith) is the father of the two young women who were in court. He lives in Tucson. They had hired a lawyer for him and the court date was set for October 26—no bail. The judge left the plea open.
8 people were in the first group. 6 were dismissed; one 1325 and five others—language?. One more plea bargain, Juan Gomez Perez 28115M was dismissed during the hearing. He appeared not to understand and lawyer Lerch argued that Spanish was his second language and he did not seem to understand the proceedings sufficiently.
Jorge Vera Lira 28083M—lawyer Doyle—was seen with the first group of 8 and again during the proceedings. The BP lawyer asked for time due to prior record in LA some years ago. Lawyer Doyle replied he had already served that time. The felony Illegal Re-entry was dismissed and he was given ‘time served’.
William Donaire Gamez Ramos 28044MP—lawyer Washington--was only a 1325 but continued until October 10th—not sure why, no bail.
Arturo Reyna Meraz 28079M—lawyer Lacsamana-- is an English Speaker. Answered in English and was presented to the judge by his lawyer as an English speaker.
I heard no asylum request. A few language concerns were put on the record by lawyers and a few incarceration recommendations were made by the judge.
The judge sentenced 3810 days or 10 and one half years. At $161 per day is $613,410 for one day in Tucson AZ—one sector out of 9 sectors of our southern border.