A judge in Oregon is being investigated for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant get away from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who were waiting outside the courtroom’s main door.
The U.S. Attorney is looking into the incident that happened in January where Mexican-born Diddier Salazar was entering a plea for a DUI case in a courtroom presided by Multnomah County Judge Monica Herranz, who is also on the board of directors of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.
The Daily News reports:
Every courtroom in the facility has three doors, according to CNN: the public entrance, the one the judge uses, and one that is used to ship inmates to jail.
“I prepped my client. I said, ‘I don’t know if they’re going to pick you up outside or what, but here’s how to prepare,'” Salazar’s lawyer John Schlosser told Willamette Week. “After the court appearance, I went out in the hallway and sat. My client never came out. I can’t say that I’m surprised he didn’t come out, but I gave him his options, and assume he had to have been escorted out some other way.”
Salazar, who was already deported previously, was eventually arrested by ICE agents a few weeks later in a separate court appearance. Schlosser tells CNN that he hasn’t seen or heard from Salazar recently.
U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said he is looking into possible federal criminal law and ethical violations, but tells CNN that there is no criminal investigation yet.