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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Students Sue School District After Being Punished for ‘Racist’ Banter in Private Snapchat Group
A witch hunt was started against the students for alleged racism.
A group of students has filed a free speech lawsuit in Saline, Mich. alleging that their civil rights were violated by school administrators who punished them for their banter in a private Snapchat group.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in U.S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of four anonymous students, who were punished by the school district following a hysteria regarding racism after they sent joking messages in a chat room. The lawsuit alleges that two students were suspended as a result of their out-of-school speech while two others have been recommended for expulsion.
“The school is acting outside the scope of its authority, has no legal right to impose the discipline carried out, and has violated our clients’ constitutional rights by their reckless and hasty rush to judgment,” lawyer David A. Kallman, the attorney for the children, said in a statement.
The lawsuit claims that the school district has no jurisdiction to punish the children based on messages sent from their “homes, privately owned phones, on a non-school day.”
The students want the district to admit in a declaration that their actions were an infringement upon the students’ 1st Amendment rights. They also want the school district to formalize changes to their rules so other students’ rights are not similarly violated and for the students’ records and transcripts to be completely expunged moving forward.
Saline Superintendent Scot Graden called the private Snapchat postings that were brought to his attention “an act of racism that created harm to all of our students, especially students of color.” Kallman believes that he overreacted and took the messages out of their proper context.
“African-American and Caucasian children were using inappropriate and offensive language in a joking manner and in the context of immature banter among friends,” Kallman said in his news release about the case.
“The conversation did not occur at the school, at a school event, or on any school equipment. While all the children are embarrassed by their language, it does not justify the school’s rush to judgment and overreaction,” he added.
Kallman believes that this is a matter for parents to deal with and out of the jurisdiction of public school bureaucrats who want to push their left-wing values onto students.
“If a child gets stopped for drunk driving on a Saturday night, does the school have the right to expel that student? The answer is obvious. No,” Kallman wrote. “The conversation of these children had nothing to do with the school. It has no authority to discipline students for out of school misbehavior.”
Graden, the Saline Area Schools Board of Education, Assistant Superintendent Steve Laatsch, Saline High School Principal David Raft, Saline High School Assistant Principal and football coach Joe Palka, Assistant Principal Theresa Stager, Director of Student Services Molly Garcia, and Assistant Principal Kirk Evenson are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
A Saline high school football player released a threatening video in the midst of the controversy warning all those who support free speech that they are “outnumbered.” It has since become a rallying cry for the social justice warriors in the city to impose their anti-constitutional agenda.
“From all the people that believe in change to all the people who don’t: You’re outnumbered,” the student said in his video address.
The lawsuit hopes to push back against the diversity and tolerance mob and achieve a victory for the 1st Amendment against a leftist-dominated school system that is notoriously hostile to constitutional principles.
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