Some of Oregon’s attorneys, judges and Bar leaders went mad, stark-raving mad, when Trump won the 2016 election. This mental illness was most apparent in the days and weeks following his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
On January 27th, two days after Trump announced that he was hiring 10,000 more ICE agents, an Oregon Judge conspired with the Multnomah County (Portland) to help him escape the courthouse. To date, no action has been taken against these two attorneys. The Oregon State Bar is supposed to disbar attorneys who break the law; but, they have been known to look the other way if the lawbreaking is in the name of a left-wing cause.
OREGON BENCH & BAR
The Oregon State Bar has long promoted lawbreaking if it is for an approved Liberal cause. Multnomah County Pro Tem Judge Monica Herranz committed an offense that would have gotten other (especially Conservative) attorneys disbarred. It would also have gotten non-Liberal judges removed from the bench.
With the help of an unnamed Multnomah County Prosecutor and defense attorneys XXXX & XXXX,* Herranz helped a drunk driving defendant escape possible deportation by ushering him out the back door of her courtroom. ICE agents waited in the hallway, presumedly waiting to arrest Diddier Pacheco-Salazar and others. [ICE did arrest him two weeks later and he was deported.]
But, since Judge Herranz broke the law in support of a Liberal cause, she has not faced any consequences for her actions. Almost two years later, Herranz is still licensed to practice law and she is still on the bench in Sanctuary Portland in the most Liberal county in Sanctuary Oregon.
STILL ON THE BENCH
The Multnomah Court Administrator, Barbara Marcille, pretended to investigate what took place. “No one knew why there were four ICE agents in the hallway all afternoon,” she concluded. “… It caused a lot of fear.”** This, even though one of the defendant’s attorney stated that he and his client walked by them as they entered the courtroom.
Following media reports of this judicial lawbreaking, Marcille rushed to announce that Herranz didn’t knowingly help drunk/drugged driving defendant Diddier Pacheco-Salazar elude capture. Maybe Marcille is deaf since Herranz is heard on the court’s audio recording system that she was concerned about him being deported.
Having been told that there were ICE agents in the front hallway, at hearing’s end Herranz can be heard stating, “We don’t want him to go back out there.”
Herranz asked if the prosecutor had any objection, and upon hearing none, agreed to let Pacheco-Salazar sneak through the back door of her courtroom, unseen by ICE standing at the front door.
AND STILL ON THE BENCH
In April, 2017 Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier filed a complaint with the state judicial fitness commission. In his complaint Currier said:
“This looks like another example of the rampant lawlessness we’ve come to expect from sanctuary cities. But this is a bridge too far for a member of our judicial system to appear to aid and abet criminal illegal aliens and to openly attempt to subvert or obstruct federal law enforcement.”
In his complaint Currier also remarked: “Now, of course the excuse will probably be that a public official in Oregon may not assist with Immigration Enforcement. However, it must be clearly noted that this was not non-assisting, this was the exact opposite — facilitating the escape of an illegal alien.”
Wonder why respect for the Rule of Law has decreased significantly in recent years? Look no farther than this judge violating the law. Too many government employees view law enforcement as “laws for thee but not for me.”
Diane L. Gruber
Oregon Attorney at Law
This article has been updated since it was first published.
*One of the defense attorneys asked this writer to remove his name because he denied that he had assisted his client in his successful escape from ICE. I chose to remove the other attorney’s name, as well.
**Fear? Aren’t people supposed to fear the consequence of lawbreaking? Doesn’t this fear prevent 99% of all crime? Works for me. When I discovered that I had run a stop sign I had immediate fear that a policeman might be watching.