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Immigration Judge Charles Conroy made two false allegations of fact in baseless complaint made against associate attorney

After a careful, detailed review of all the evidence available to me, I have determined it is necessary to inform the general public, particularly immigration attorneys and immigration judges, of the following complaint I lodged with EOIR against Immigration Judge Charles Conroy.

Judge Conroy should and must be prevented making false allegations of fact against attorneys who appear before him.

Note:

In re-reading Judge Conroy’s original complaint, I realized he made 2 false allegations of fact instead of just one.

The second one: “she also claimed that her notice of hearing had a date for March of 2019…”

Again, Judge Conroy’s allegation is false on its face: our associate’s actual claim was that her hearing notes reflected a date for a March 2019 master calendar hearing date.

Directly transcribed from the audio of the hearing:

Over two minutes after Judge Conroy  ordered respondents removed in absentia and stated “I am going to make a referral to the EOIR ethics office for your failure to appear today, our associate said: “I have my hearing notes here, your honor…it says here… it says the next master from my hearing notes is March…2019. I think I have the notice of hearing for that particular case, I am not sure, I will have to look in the file…” (Judge Conroy never gave our associate an opportunity to look in the file for the actual physical hearing notice. The failure to appear was solely due to a simple mistake made in the hearing notes, which occurred only one time over the course of almost 2 years with our firm. Also, another Immigration Judge granted our motion to reopen shortly after the February hearing before IJ Conroy.)

Again, like the first false allegation, Judge Conroy evidently did not carefully review the audio record of proceeding because he falsely alleged that our associate “…claimed that her notice of hearing had a date for March of 2019.”

End note.

Here is my complaint, followed by Judge Conroy’s original complaint to EOIR Disciplinary counsel:

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Immigration Judges Asylum Grants & Denials in FY 2018-2019

After over 7 months, EOIR finally provided the Immigration Judges’ asylum grants and denials for FY 2018 and FY 2019, respectively.

To see the same statistics from FY 2014 to FY 2017, see this previous post. (which took less than 1 month for responsive records)

Of note is the asylum grants and denials for the 6 Immigration Judges who AG William Barr hand-picked for the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2019:

2 of the 6 new BIA members–Hunsucker and Cassidy–denied all their asylum cases in FY 2019.

All 6 of the new BIA members had asylum grant rates of below 10% in FY 2019.

Judge Gorman and Goodwin’s asylum grant rates dropped precipitously in FY 2019–from 14% to 3% and 9% to 3 %, respectively.

Immigration Judge Stuart Couch:

FY 2018: 210 asylum denials. 3 asylum grants. Grant rate: 1.4%

FY 2019: 166 asylum denials. 9 asylum grants. Grant rate: 5%

Immigration Judge Earle Wilson:

FY 2018: 226 asylum denials. 9 asylum grants. 3.8% grant rate.

FY 2019: 110 denials. 3 asylum grants. 2.6 % grant rate.

Immigration Judge William Cassidy:

FY 2018: 24 asylum denials. 1 asylum grant. 4% grant rate.

FY 2019: 40 asylum denials. 0 asylum grants. 0% grant rate.

Immigration Judge Keith Hunsucker:

FY 2018: 19 asylum denials. 0 asylum grants. 0% grant rate.

FY 2019: 35 asylum denials. 0 asylum grants. 0% grant rate.

Immigration Judge Stephanie Gorman:

FY 2018: 174 asylum denials. 30 asylum grants. 14.7% grant rate.

FY 2019: 281 asylum denials. 11 asylum grants. 3.76% grant rate.

Immigration Judge Deborah Goodwin:

FY 2018: 302 asylum denials. 33 asylum grants. 9.85 % grant rate.

FY 2019: 177 asylum denials. 6 asylum grants. 3.27% grant rate.

For reference purposes, the average grant rate for FY 2018 and FY 2019 was 33% and 29%, respectively.

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WordPress’s customer service is a Kafkaesque nightmare.

See the chat transcripts below, straight out of Office Space’s classic “just a moment please” scene over and over again.

“Taking a look, one moment”

“A few more moments”

“One moment as I create this payment request…”

“One moment”

“Ok thanks, one moment

Then a moment became a day.

“I can explain this: Domain retrievals generally take about a day. So a two hour wait is very common.”

“…but it may still take up to a day.”

Then back to another vague measurement:

“As mentioned before, we’ll just need a bit more time.”

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