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Statement Of Sheriff Koutoujian Regarding Lunn Case

Apr 12, 2017 01:21PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Department of Justice

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the office of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.)

The state Supreme Judicial Court - the highest court in Massachusetts - will be asked to decide if law enforcement in the state should enforce a detainer request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or whether this violates a person's civil rights.

"As the national debate over immigration enforcement has escalated, we have sought to have federal authorities provide guidance in keeping with federal judicial decisions, including that of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, regarding the legal sufficiency of detainers. While that guidance has yet to come, it is my hope a decision in the Lunn case will provide clarity under Massachusetts law and ease some of the confusion created in recent weeks," said Sheriff Koutoujian.

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