Boston immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro had just ordered the deportation of Ariana Lima’s troubled young son to Cape Verde when Lima jumped up and rushed toward the judge’s bench. Two sheriff’s deputies chased her. But the white-haired judge raised a hand and signaled for them to stop.
In tears, Lima sank into a chair and begged Shapiro to reconsider. Her son, then 22, had a long criminal record, but she said his father had been abusive. She had worked too many hours and left him alone.