Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  

Newburgh votes to support Protect Our Courts Act

NEWBURGH – The Newburgh City Council is the latest area local government body to lend its support to the Protect Our Courts Act, which is before the state legislature.

City Councilwoman Ramona Monteverde said the measure provides certain protections for persons who appear in court.

“ICE officers cannot make an arrest inside the courthouse, and that’s a city courthouse, without a judicial warrant or signature from a federal judge. So let’s be clear, no law enforcement action can be taken in a courtroom,” she said. “All law enforcement officials have to identify themselves when they are entering a courthouse, so they need to let the courthouse personnel know that they are there and they can alert the judge.”

The concern was heightened recently when plain clothed ICE agents entered Middletown City Court without notifying local authorities and attempted to arrest a man who was there.

 

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