But the documents show the government expected to arrest between 300 to 600 people at Agriprocessors, and had to plan for that.
Those plans had to include housing, food, sanitation, attorneys and interpreters for those arrested, and the judges to arraign each defendant within 24 hours of arrest as required by law.
And then there had to be prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, medical personnel, child welfare personnel, IT personnel, temporary courtrooms, etc.
And, as I've noted several times previously, law enforcement doesn't like to do 1 on 1 arrests. Ideally, arrests are 2 law enforcement personnel (or more) per arrest.
This is especially true in cases where the target is believed to be armed. In the case of the raid, many of these workers had immediate access to power saws and sharp knives.
The government had about 600 law enforcement personnel at the raid.
When you realize the government's top number estimate for arrests just before the raid was 600, you can see it planned for a worse case scenario of 1 to 1, and a best case scenario of 2 to 1 – in other words, well within normal guidelines.
In the end, just under 400 undocumented workers were arrested, which works out to less than 2 to 1.
The cost of the raid and fast track prosecution that followed was $5 million – just under $13,000 for each person arrested, which is far less than the cost of a standard arrest and trial.
Despite what Lewin claims, the documents show the judge's involvement is only with regard to logistics and preserving the rights of the potential defendants.
It is also important to know that the chief judge of the court – in this case, Linda Reade – has the job of dealing with the court's logistics and calendar, which is exactly what she does in this case. Judges do this all the time and do not recuse themselves from hearing the case because there is no conflict of interest inherent in dealing with logistics.
Lewin's press release – as opposed to his affidavit filed with the court yesterday – makes it seem as if the judge said something that actually are the words of an ICE agent summarizing a meeting with the judge about logistics. The Lewin press release quotes only the first half of that sentence and does not indicate that it has truncated it. When the first and second halves of this rather short sentence are read together, the sentence is banal. But when read as Lewin has misrepresented it, the sentence appears to be the judge herself cheerleading the raid. In contrast, Lewin's affidavit filed yesterday keeps the sentence intact.
It is this type of behavior that I strongly disagree with.
The audio is from last night's Zev Brenner show.
The recording is in three parts. Because of a recording issue, there is a brief overlap between the end of part two and the beginning of part three. In other words, the first approximately 30 seconds of part three is also the last approximately 30 seconds of part two. There is also a few seconds of silence at the beginning of each recording. If I get time later today (after I get some sleep) I'll try to fix this.
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[Hat Tip: Burich.]