Multnomah County Judge Monica Herranz is under investigation upon allegedly assisting an illegal immigrant escape the ICE team in January. A thus-far unknown person showed the man a private door in the courthouse.
[Video: courtesy of FOX News]
US Attorney Billy Williams explained ICE agents stood waiting outside Herranz’s courtroom. They were to possibly take DUI-charged, 22-year-old Diddier Pacheco Salazar into custody.
While it’s unclear of what occurred inside the courtroom, Salazar mysteriously slipped out of there via a courthouse-staff exit.
“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 court-appointed-lawyer John Schlosser told a local paper. “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.”
Nevertheless, Salazar was captured and detained a couple weeks upon his escape.
While ICE agents chose to not interrogate the matter further, Chief Judge Nan Waller’s conducting an internal investigation on Herranz—a board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Waller will not be disclosing any information until she assesses the matter.
US AG Williams himself is disturbed by Herranz’s suspected actions. “When you’re talking about the judicial system—whether it’s federal or by state—you have an expectation that people are going to abide by the law and not take steps based on their own motivations, their own politics (whatever the motivation was).”