Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez, 36, was brutally bludgeoned to death in New Cassel, New York after so-called criminal justice reform allowed his identity to be revealed to the public.
“This courageous man was prepared to testify against his alleged assailants at an upcoming trial, but he was brutally beaten to death before he could,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement, adding: “This case underscores the importance of safeguarding the identities of witnesses and victims of crime and our hearts are with Mr. Maldonado’s family and friends as we grieve his loss. ”
Rodriguez, who was homeless at the time of his vicious murder, had testified in court against MS-13 thugs who had brutally beaten and stabbed him in Oct. 2018. His name was unmasked after a judge nullified a protective order, which allowed the defense attorneys for the alleged MS-13 members to find out Rodriguez’s identity. These types of lax criminal justice measures are being encouraged by leftists in the state for defendants’ rights. Rodriguez was bludgeoned to death weeks later.
The defense attorneys deny any complicity in the brutal murder of Rodriguez.
“I never gave him the name of those people. And he never asked me for it,” said Greg Madey, who is the defense attorney for 20-year-old defendant Denis Pineda.
“I’m offended by the allegation that Denis Pineda had something to do with orchestrating this murder,” he added.
Attorney Justin Feinman, who represents 19-year-old defendant Elian Ramos Velasquez, said that “at this point to say that it was a defense attorney that leaked without more information is completely inappropriate.”
“I feel horrible that this happened,” Feinman added. “This should have never happened. I just don’t see how you can blame a particular judge or attorney.”
Supreme Court Justice Helene Gugerty wanted to start the trial by Jan. 6, which may have saved Rodriguez’s life. However, this was impossible due to criminal justice reform laws that went into effect at the beginning of the year. Because of these laws, Rodriguez had his identity unmasked and then was left to languish on the streets. He suffered an unimaginably brutal death as a result of this failure of New York’s liberal policies.
Singas said in her statement that her team of prosecutors “protected this victim’s identity by obtaining a protective order in December of 2018, but his identity was disclosed pursuant to a judge’s order in December 2019.”
Her spokesman maintained that Singas’ team “continued to request that the identities of the witnesses be protected until we could be ready for trial.”
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran initially placed the blame on leftist-driven criminal justice reform laws, but were forced to backtrack later following pressure and condemnation from the liberal state government.
“We’re asking Albany to go back and rethink it. Come back with changes to that law, but it needs to happen quickly before we have another victim as in this case,” Ryder said.
A man who was the victim and a witness in a 2018 MS-13 case, was found beaten to death after a Criminal Justice “Reform” mandate forced the prosecutor to provide the defense with his personal contact information.
— Breanna 🇺🇸 (@breannamorello) February 5, 2020
This is just one horror story of many that is the legacy of New York’s soft-on-crime leftist regime that now controls all three chambers of the state government.
Greg Abbott Blasts Joe Biden for “Neanderthal Thinking” Remark, Says Illegal Immigrants are Exposing People in South Texas to COVID
The Biden presidency is a hot mess.
Texas governor Greg Abbott has blasted President Joe Biden for calling his lifting of statewide COVID-19 restrictions “Neanderthal thinking.”
Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday morning, Governor Abbott said that Biden’s “Neanderthal thinking” remark was “not the type of word that a president should be using.”
Abbott quickly added that Biden couldn’t have used that phrase “on a worse day” because of how he’s handling the illegal immigrants coming into Texas across the US-Mexico border—many of whom ostensibly have COVID and weren’t tested.
“The day he used that word, his administration has been releasing in South Texas immigrants who came across the border that they refused to test that turned out—there were more than 100 of them who had COVID,” Abbott said. “My point is this: the Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in South Texas that have been exposing Texans to COVID. Some of those people have been put on buses, taking that COVID to other states in the United States. The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country. That is a Neanderthal type of approach to dealing with the COVID situation.”
Governor Abbott then defended his decision to end Texas’ statewide mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity beginning Wednesday, March 10.
“These changes that we’ve seen in Texas are not really that transformative. Maybe to people in New York it seems like this is a big difference. In Texas we went from 75 percent to 100 percent occupancy. On the mask requirement, before now there actually has not been any enforcement of the mask requirement […] We continue to make wearing a mask a suggestion and we urge all Texans to wear a mask when they’re out.”
Abbott added that Texas’ last spike occurred during Christmas and New Year’s, meaning that the increased transmission occurred because of widespread travel and indoor gatherings where people weren’t wearing masks, not because of restaurants and gyms and other businesses.
On Tuesday Mississippi governor Tate Reeves followed Texas’ lead and lifted their mask mandate and other statewide COVID-19 restrictions as well.
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