Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman, 17 attorneys - 1:30 to 3:00
Federal prosecutor Christopher Lewis, 7 marshals and security
5-point shackles are back and will be used in any multi-defendant proceeding by order of the Chief Judge in Phoenix whom I believe is new.
6 men and one woman were dismissed at the start of the session—no reason was given. The rest of the calendar went in order with one page standing shackled before the judge (7 or 8) people, and the migrants listed on the next page seated in a line behind them leaving very little room for the lawyers to squeeze between their clients and the next group. 16 shackled migrants were in the courtroom at a time.
Attorney George Soltero standing with his client Humberto Coraza Galindo 18-33247MP spoke at the end of that group (2nd page of calendar) saying that he objected to 5 point restraint. It went against the discision of the 9th circuit court. He also objected to having a row of shackled people right behind them if they were dangerous enough to be wearing shackles. Judge Bowman said it was an order of the Chief Judge in Phoenix, there was no danger and that was the way it would be moving forward
Another lawyer told me that it would further hinder due process as even more crowding took place, further stress on the clients and less chance for the lawyer to stand by her or his client.
There were 73 on the docket today. This judge does not mention country of origin or place of entry into the U.S. The gentleman from the Guatemalan Consulate said there were about 22 Guatemalans.
26 migrants had only the 1325—Illegal Entry—charge and were given ‘time served’. 47 migrants had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal—1326.
There was one request to remove a request for a credible fear interview and two asylum requests.
Wesley Araely Xicay Velasquez 18-33263MP (Atty Kevin Lerch) had an I213 credible fear request but did not want to pursue it.
Walter Manuel Carranza Chinchilla 18-33220M (Atty Bert Vargas) from Honduras has a fear of returning home. His lawyer has given him a ‘reasonable’ fear petition and asked the judge to ask the marshals to allow him to keep it. She did. 30 days.
Jerardo Tomas Velasquez 18-33235M. His Atty Joe Machado said the arrest papers his client carried were not stamped but he did have fear for his life if he was to return to his country and that was reflected in the body of the report. 30 days.
Joaquin Alfredo Pinula Baten 18-33264M (Atty Isabel Amsel) entered with his pregnant wife who was taken to the hospital. She has now been released and may show up at Streamline tomorrow. He asked that she be sent to the same facility (CCA in Florence) and that they be deported together. 105 days. It seems unlikely that they will have the same sentence.
9 migrants gave dates of entry into the country more than 5 days before their arrest. Two entered 10 days before being arrested.
42 migrants were sentenced to 2370 days of incarceration. 2 people had the highest sentence of 105 days.
- Katrina Schumacher