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Judge sued over calling immigration on couple's wedding day

Detained groom was a legal resident
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Posted at 12:20 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 12:20:15-05

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who claims he was illegally detained on his wedding day by a Pennsylvania judge who wrongly doubted he was in the United States legally is suing over alleged violations of constitutional rights.

Alexander Parker on Thursday sued Camp Hill-based District Judge Elizabeth Beckley, two court entities and an unidentified court officer Parker says told him he wasn't free to leave.

The federal lawsuit claims Guatemala-born Parker and his fiancée went to Beckley's court office to get married in May 2017, but Beckley's suspicions prompted her to call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Parker says that after hours of being detained, federal investigators arrived and confirmed he's a legal resident.

Beckley eventually married the couple, who now live in Florida. Beckley didn't return messages seeking comment.