Magistrate Judge Leslie A Bowman, Prosecutor Lewis, 16 defense attorneys, 4 US Marshals and a few other court personnel.
75 migrants were on the calendar today including 8 women. 18 were charged only with Illegal Entry (1325) and 57 had the additional charge of Illegal
Re-entry after Removal (1326). Most defendants were arrested on the day they entered Arizona, 5 people spent a week in our desert before arrest and one man entered two weeks before arrest.
This judge addressed the attorneys after the dismissals saying that she will not repeat the requests made by the defendants aloud in court though they may. She will also not ask for comments at the end of each group but they are free to speak up. She has 20 shackled prisoners in the courtroom at any one time. She addresses 10 at a time and calls them before her with 10 lawyers behind them and 10 more prisoners (still innocent at this time before the guilty plea) entering as she begins. When she is done with the group, she says they can go. Any comment by a lawyer is done at this time with 10 shackled men and women exiting the courtroom. There are not many attorneys making a record.
6 migrants were dismissed at the beginning of the hearing—3 named Perez—and one man was continued though he was only charged with the misdemeanor.
Leonel Marino Navarro Bamaca 19-28656MP (Atty Samuel Washington) was continued until June 4th at 10:30 to await a Mam interpreter.
***Jendet Milsar Lopez Lopez 19-28655MP (Atty Christina Woehr) was separated from his 11 year old brother when he was arrested. The brother’s initials are Y.S.L.H. He wanted to be reunited with his brother so they might leave together. The judge and the lawyer talked briefly about what to do. The lawyer said she had not seen this for some time (since the family separations a year ago). Putting a minor’s full name in the court records is not allowed but having the initials there and as much information as possible may make it easier to find the child. Time served.
Delia Luz Matute Mendez 19-28610MP (Atty Joel Parris) will request a Credible Fear Interview (CFI). Time served.
Dori Esperanza Diaz 19-28625MP (Atty Kevin Lerch) has her I 213 stamped and will request a CFI. Time served.
Vanessa Caalamalem Suany 19-28630MP (Atty Cheryl Blum) will request a CFI. Time served.
Jose Francisco Gomez Sanchez 19-28641M (Atty Christina Woehr) does have fear of return to his home country though this was not on his I 213. The record was corrected and he will decide about requesting a CFI when he gets to the prison. 30 days.
Nehemias Alvarado Barreno 19-28634MP (Atty Isabel Amsel) was arrested 2 days after his 18th birthday. He looked so young that his attorney took time to confirm his age. Time served.
Hugo Romeo Mendez Aguilar 19-28644 (Atty Bert Vargas) came in on crutches. He was offered a chair but chose to stand. He had spent a week in the desert before his arrest. I don’t know how he was injured. 30 days.
Also put on the record were a request for housing together for brothers and a Mam speaker.
51 people were sentenced to 2,430 day of incarceration in a federal prison—most likely a private prison. 6 and one half years. 31 were sentenced to 30 days, the punishment for the first 1326 charge. The rest had 60 or 75 days.
No observers other than one GV Sam.