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.
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California Lets Convicted Murderers of Children and Pregnant Woman Out of Jail Amidst Coronavirus Panic
The convicted child killer was one of many felons who were freed.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is exploiting the coronavirus crisis in order to more quickly implement far-left criminal justice policies, which has allowed at least one convicted child murder to be let back on the streets.
Newsom commuted the prison sentences of 21 different convicted criminals and pardoned five others who had already served their sentences on Friday. A stunning 14 of the cases involved murder or a charge related to murder. Children were the victims in two of the chilling cases. In another case, it was a pregnant woman who was the victim. The people found responsible for these heinous crimes by the court of law are now back on the streets.
Suzanne Johnson, a 75-year-old San Diego county resident who served 22 years in prison for assaulting a child who ended up dying, had her sentence commuted. Joann Parks, a 64-year-old Los Angeles county resident who served 27 years in prison after her three children were killed in a house fire, also received amnesty from the Governor. Rodney McNeal, a 50-year-old San Bernardino county resident found guilty of stabbing his pregnant wife to death, was freed and now walks the streets as well.
Newsom made it clear that these violent criminals would have been let out of jail anyway by his regime, but the coronavirus panic gave him an excuse to speed the process up considerably. The Governor’s office claimed that Newsom “also considered the public health impact of each grant, as well as each inmate’s individual health status and the suitability of their post-release plans, including housing,”
This is part of a national jailbreak policy with coronavirus being used as an excuse to enact far-left criminal justice policies:
On Wednesday, January 18, 2020 Philadelphia’s police commissioner promised that the city’s officers are “not turning a blind eye to crime” after unveiling a new policy that pushes for a delay in arrests of those who carry out certain non-violent crimes.
This policy was announced the day before responding to the Wuhan virus outbreak and concerns that jails are at an increased risk of becoming overcrowded and infected given how Philadelphia’s courts have been ordered to close up until April 1.
Under this new policy, individuals accused of crimes such as burglary or prostitution will be temporarily detained to have their paperwork sorted out before being let loose and arrested on a warrant during a later date…
Ngo recently commented on Outlaw’s latest decision in her new position with the Philadelphia Police Department.
He tweeted, “Philadelphia police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who ran Portland Police until recently, notified commanders that they are to suspend making arrests related to theft, retail theft, burglary, stolen vehicles etc. until further notice. Leaked memo: documentcloud.org/documents/6811
Liberals will never let a crisis go to waste when it comes to inflicting their extreme policies on unsuspecting Americans.
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