Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins, 15 lawyers
Observers: One Sam and a group of 10 to 15 students from Prescott College taking a class in Border Issues.
The group of 75 migrants/defendants included 8 women. 26 people were charged only with illegal entry and mostly given ‘time served’. 49 were charged both with 1325 and 1326. This judge makes no mention of country of origin or where the person crossed into the United States. About 10 people gave an entry date more than 5 days before they were picked up.
I think this was Judge Kimmins’ first session with unshackled prisoners who now go before the bench no more than 7 at a time, hands clasped behind backs. She is very thorough and now had to repeat everything 12 times.
José de Jesús Conchas Bermudez 27092 MP (lawyer Anderson) was picked up at a Nogales port of entry with a false ID—time served.
Librado Ramirez Hernandez 27117MP (lawyer Ore-Giron) is a juvenile—dismissed.
Edgar Rafael Martin Martin 27070M (lawyer Lerch) continued incarcerated while awaiting Mam interpreter.
Julio Cesar Lopez Merino 27089M (lawyer Portillo) made a long statement about the health of one of his children and his need to get home. The judge repeated that she could not modify the sentence—105 days.
Alonso Barajas Contreras 27124M (lawyer Torralba) refused the plea bargain and was held over for an initial appearance.
The judge mentioned that several requests for incarceration at a certain facility would be honored (no guarantee). Several migrants spoke a native language which their lawyers put on the record.
The 49 people in the plea bargain group were sentenced to a total of 3,570 days—almost 10 years. In addition to the personal hardship, the cost to tax payers ($161 per day of incarceration) is $574,770 for one day of Streamline out of four in Tucson Arizona representing one sector out of 9 on the southern border.