Denver: Man Accused of Murder had Been Freed from Prison Due to Coronavirus

Cornelius Haney, was arrested over the weekend for the fatal shooting of Heather Perry in an alleyway. The shooting occurred 30 days after he was he had been freed from prison due to a state executive order to reduce the prison population during the public health crisis. He was serving a seven-year sentence for robbery when he was released.

A parolee accused of murdering a 21-year-old woman in Denver on Saturday was out of prison, according to information shared with 9Wants to Know, due to ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s prison system.

On Saturday, Denver Police believe Cornelius Haney shot and killed Heather Perry, 21, in an alley between the 1400 block of North Verbena St. and North Valentia St. in east Denver.

The fact that Haney, a felon with an extensive Colorado criminal history dating back to 1998, was out in the first place has a lot to do with the state’s efforts to keep COVID-19 from spreading within the state’s prison system.

Serving the tail end of a seven-year sentence for robbery, Haney left prison April 15th, four months earlier than his mandatory release date.  A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) told 9Wants to Know on Friday that Haney “was released due to special needs parole criteria” under an Executive Order signed by Governor Jared Polis in March.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Governor’s Lockdown

The Wisconsin Supreme Court tossed out Democrat Governor Tony Evers’ Coronavirus lockdown order in a 4-3 decision, ruling it “unlawful” and “unenforceable.” Evers’ administration overstepped its authority when it extended the Coronavirus shutdown for another month, on the orders of unelected bureaucrats in the state Department of Health Services, without discussing it with the state legislators.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out Democrat Governor Tony Evers’s authoritarian Coronavirus lockdown order in a 4-3 decision, ruling it “unlawful” and “unenforceable.”

The high court ruled Evers’s administration overstepped its authority when it extended the Coronavirus shutdown for another month without discussing it with the state legislators.

The state Department of Health Services (unelected bureaucrats) issued the extension of the order to May 26 after only 421 Coronavirus deaths in the entire state!

The Republican-led state legislature fought for the small businesses and unemployed people suffering because of the lockdown order and won big today!

Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck down Gov. Tony Evers order shutting down daily life to limit the spread of coronavirus — marking the first time a statewide order of its kind has been knocked down by a court of last resort.

The state’s highest court sided with Republican lawmakers Wednesday in a decision that curbed Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ power to act unilaterally during public health emergencies.

The 4-3 decision was written by four of the court’s conservatives — Chief Justice Patience Roggensack and Justices Rebecca Bradley, Daniel Kelly and Annette Ziegler.

The court’s fifth conservative, Brian Hagedorn, wrote a dissent joined by the court’s two liberals, Ann Walsh Bradley and Rebecca Dallet.

The court issued the decision a month after Kelly lost his seat on the court. He will be replaced in August by Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, a liberal who beat him by 10 points in the April 7 election.

The ruling immediately threw out the administration’s tool to control a disease for which there is no vaccine. It came after Evers had already begun lifting some restrictions because the spread of the virus has slowed for now.

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Joe Biden Benefits from Mainstream Media Double Standard Compared to Brett Kavanaugh

In March, Tara Reade, a former staffer for then-Senator Joe Biden, claimed that he sexually assaulted her in 1993 by pinning her against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers. Reade’s former neighbor said she remembered Reade, in 1995 or 1996, recounting the story. The response of the media and the #MeToo Democrats has been very soft compared to the response to charges made against Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings last year. This was further corroborated by a recording of Reade’s mother as she called in to the Larry King Show at that time and told the story. -GEG

With Joe Biden facing a sexual assault accusation from a former staffer who not only remembers the date, location, and who she told – and that there was penetration, Democrats who condemned Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over allegations which were devoid of the same level of specificity have come under fire for their utter silence, or defense, of Biden.

Both Biden and Kavanaugh have faced decades-old charges that first became public at critical junctures in their pursuit of high political office.

Top Democrats who were on the front lines demanding justice for Christine Blasey Ford during the Kavanaugh hearings have rushed to defend Biden, saying they do not believe the allegations made against him by Tara Reade.

And while the news media printed salacious new allegations against Kavanaugh before vetting the accusers or their claims, media outlets have approached Reade’s allegations with extreme caution. –The Hill

Indeed, the standard of “believe all women” set by Democrats themselves has been utterly abandoned, highlighting what a giant virtue signal it was in the first place.

“There is a clear double standard between how the media and Democrats treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations versus Tara Reade’s allegations,” said Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, which advised the Senate on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“It was stunning to see Democrats say they believed Joe Biden even before he’d spoken a word about this,” he added. “And the media instantly and breathlessly reported on all of the allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, which resulted in three criminal referrals against accusers for conspiracy to lie to Congress.”

In stark contrast to Biden’s accuser, top Democrats demanded that Kavanaugh remove himself from consideration to the Supreme Court  – participating in Capitol Hill protests and fundraising off the hearings which became a key issue for liberals ahead of the 2018 midterms in which Democrats won back the house, notes The Hill.

Privately, some Democrats are now lamenting the standard they set in 2018, saying it has backfired now that Biden has been accused.

We set up a standard we can’t live by. No one likes to discuss it but it’s the reality,” said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity to talk candidly. “It looks terrible for him and for the party. You can’t say you believe women and then take it all back because it doesn’t apply to you.”

Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in the early 1980s when they were both in high school. Reade accused Biden of assaulting her in the early 1990s when she worked in his Senate office.

Biden and Kavanaugh have both strenuously denied the allegations against them. –The Hill

In 2018, Biden said that if a woman comes forth “in the glaring lights of focus,” you’ve got to “start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she is talking about is real.

When asked by MSNBC‘s Mika Brzezinski on Friday if all women are to be believed “unless it pertains to you,” Biden said that women should be “given the benefitt of the doubt,” and should “start off with the presumption they’re telling the truth.”

BUT

“Then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts,” Biden continued – with a giant caveat absent from his Kavanaugh condemnation. “And the facts in this case do not exist. They never happened, and there’s so many inconsistencies in what has been said in this case. So yes, look at the facts and I assure you it did not happen, period. Period.”

Meanwhile, the MSM’s coverage of Kavanaugh is coming under new scrutiny, as several allegations with virtually no evidence were breathlessly promoted – including an allegation of gang rape made by Michael Avenatti client Julie Swetnick, which resulted in a criminal referral for conspiracy to lie to Congress.

With Reade, however, most of the MSM waited a full three weeks after her March 25 accusation to even cover the story.

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New Evidence Appears to Corroborate Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Claim Against Joe Biden (VIDEO)




Leftists Created Alarming Virus Predictions Now Used as Excuse for Population Lockdowns

COVID Act Now is an online predictive computer program used by media, state governors, local leaders, and county judges as a reason to quarantine their communities over the corona virus. The computer models are 100% sourced from doomsday projections from Imperial College, in the UK, that predicts two-million Americans will die from the virus. It should be noted that Imperial College is where Neil Ferguson, the ‘scientist’ highlighted in the previous article, produced his prediction that a half-million Brits will die from the virus, but now has revised the number to 20,000 or less. Founders of COVID Act Now include Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, a Democrat state representative in Alaska, and Democrat activists Zachary Rosen, Max Henderson, and Igor Kofman. Their web site says: “this [computer] model is designed to drive fast action, not predict the future.” [In other words, the predictions are propaganda, not science.]  -GEG

As U.S. state and local officials halt the economy and quarantine their communities over the Wuhan virus crisis, one would hope our leaders were making such major decisions based on well-sourced data and statistical analysis. That is not the case.

A scan of statements made by media, state governors, local leaders, county judges, and more show many relying on the same source, an online mapping tool called COVID Act Now. The website says it is “built to enable political leaders to quickly make decisions in their Coronavirus response informed by best available data and modeling.”

An interactive map provides users a catastrophic forecast for each state, should they wait to implement COVID Act Now’s suggested strict measures to “flatten the curve.” But a closer look at how many of COVID Act Now’s predictions have already fallen short, and how they became a ubiquitous resource across the country overnight, suggests something more sinister.

When Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced a shelter-in-place order on Dallas County Sunday, he displayed COVID Act Now graphs with predictive outcomes after three months if certain drastic measures are taken. The NBC Dallas affiliate also embedded the COVID Act Now models in their story on the mandate.

The headline of an NBC Oregon affiliate featured COVID Act Now data, and a headline blaring, “Coronavirus model sees Oregon hospitals overwhelmed by mid-April.” Both The Oregonian and The East Oregonian also published stories featuring the widely shared data predicting a “point of no return.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cited COVID Act Now when telling her state they would exceed 7 million cases in Michigan, with 1 million hospitalized and 460,000 deaths if the state did nothing.

A local CBS report in Georgia featured an Emory University professor urging Gov. Brian Kemp with the same “point of no return” language and COVID Act Now models.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cited COVID Act Now when telling her state they would exceed 7 million cases in Michigan, with 1 million hospitalized and 460,000 deaths if the state did nothing.

A local CBS report in Georgia featured an Emory University professor urging Gov. Brian Kemp with the same “point of no return” language and COVID Act Now models.

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Democrats Load $2-Trillion Coronavirus Bill with Identity Politics and Liberal Giveaways

US: The $2-trillion Coronavirus Bill is 1,400 pages that the Democrats crammed with unrelated political agendas that include identity politics, global warming, automatic renewal of visas and work permits for immigrants, voting by mail, same-day voter registration, and granting $9.5 billion to colleges and universities. Some Senate Republicans are trying to remove the requirement that companies receiving government bailout funds must stop sending American jobs overseas. -GEG

You never let a serious crisis go to waste, as Rahm’s Rule says. Never was there a more concise summary of both the promise and dysfunction of American politics.

Every time the country faces a crisis, real or perceived, there is a rush in Congress to pass massive bills that go far beyond responding to the matter at hand. These phonebook-sized (if I can use an anachronism) emergency acts are too long and detailed for any legislator to read and fully comprehend, but you can bet they are stuffed with gimmicks, giveaways, sweetheart deals and ill-advised policies with no bearing on the crisis itself.

The latest example is the newly-introduced House version of the “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act,” intended to afford stimulus and stability in the face of the economic crisis fomented by COVID-19. The bill my provide some form of succor to the economy, but in the words of Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), the crisis is also “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”  In other words, coronavirus gives good cover to impose progressive requirements on stricken businesses and a society eager to see government simply act. And fast.

Liberal special interests

The 1119-page bill is Christmas in March for liberal special interests. It imposes racial and gender pay equity provisions, diversity on corporate boards, increased use of minority-owned banks by federal offices, and a grab-bag of other diversity-themed requirements. It increases the collective bargaining power for unions and cancels all the debt owed by the U.S. Postal Service to the U.S. Treasury. For the global warming crowd there are increased fuel emission standards and required carbon offsets for airlines, plus tax credits for alternative energy programs. For the kids there is a provision for student loan payment deferment, and for the education bureaucrats who overcharge them a $9.5 billion giveaway to colleges and universities. It gives $100 million to juvenile justice programs, and suspends various aspects of enforcement of immigration laws.

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Coronavirus Being Used as Excuse for ‘Vote By Mail’ in November

US: Democrats are using the global pandemic to provide moral cover for “Vote By Mail”, which they hope will replace in-person voting. Senators Ron Wyden and Amy Klobuchar have introduced a national “Vote By Mail” bill that could result in all Americans voting by mail in November. Oregon already is a Vote By Mail state. [Hmmm. I guess it’s a lot cheaper to put postage stamps on phony ballots than to bus phony voters from poll to poll. But, they wouldn’t do that, would they?] -GEG

Democrats are not letting the Coronavirus crisis go to waste politically. They are using the global pandemic to provide moral cover for their “Vote By Mail” scheme, which they hope to implement nationally to replace in-person voting at polling places.

Democrat Sens. Ron Wyden and Amy Klobuchar have introduced a national “Vote By Mail” bill that could result in all Americans, theoretically, voting in the mail in November. If the bill does not survive a potential Trump veto, Democrats are sure to continue agitating at the state level to get Vote By Mail laws before November. Oregon is currently an exclusively Vote By Mail state. While some Democrats and their supporters are calling this an “emergency” effort, the push dates back years, with Sen. Wyden proposing a national Vote By Mail bill back in 2010.

Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Democrats should exercise their negotiating power and “make it a condition for an economic rescue package,” in effect holding the economy hostage to get a partisan mechanism to make vote-counting more complicated in November. President Donald Trump is promising a massive package to stimulate the economy, but of course Democrats are looking to get their hooks into it to undermine Trump.

Federal Election Commission (FEC) commissioner Ellen Weintraub is explicitly tying the push to the hashtag #VirusFreeVoting. Democrats and their allied commentariat are laying it on thick.

In 2019, The Council of Local Mandates in New Jersey struck down the state’s automatic Vote By Mail law as unconstitutional, meaning that voters have to specifically request an absentee ballot for every new election, and county clerks can’t be forced to automatically send them to all voters who requested them at any point in time. This might be an important case to remember during this year’s inevitable election-related lawfare. Stacey Abrams, who strained our Constitutional Republic to the limit with her post-Election Day vote-stealing tactics in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, is a leading contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate.

Hillary Clinton is pushing to make “voting by mail the norm going forward.”

Clinton, who seems very interested in the 2020 presidential election despite not being a formal candidate at this time, is following the lead of a member of the Rothschild financial family, who started pushing the “vote by mail” concept in response to the worldwide Chinese Coronavirus outbreak.

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Democrats Are Copying the Communists’ Playbook — Nearly Word for Word

Terrie Turchie is a former FBI Deputy Assistant Director and the author of In Their Own Words, a book about the Democratic party’s push for Communist America. He says that Democrats are using the words, actions and policies from communist China, Cuba and Russia to change attitude of Americans about our system. He showed that the Weather Underground’s strategy of using racism to divide America is nearly word for word what radical Democrats are using today when they push socialism. He says that the US is on the verge of incremental communism, without understanding what is happening.




Bloomberg Comes Under Scathing Attack at First Democratic Presidential Debate in Nevada

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York and current 2020 Democrat presidential contender, has reportedly spent $460 million of his own money to rise in the race, and critics say he is trying to buy the presidency. In the recent Democrat debate, he criticized communism and called out Bernie Sanders for claiming to be a socialist who owns three homes. Bloomberg was targeted for attack by the other candidates on the stage and he hesitated under the barrage.

Michael Bloomberg faced a barrage of attacks at his first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, as his rivals assailed the free-spending and fast-rising billionaire over his record on race, history of sexist comments and the use of his massive fortune to muscle his way into the contest.

In a rough debate debut that gave voters their first unscripted look at the media mogul and self-funding former New York mayor, Bloomberg seemed uncomfortable and hesitant as he defended his record and argued that he is Democrats’ best chance of beating Republican President Donald Trump in November.

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg all lined up to go after Bloomberg, who has surged in polls helped by an unprecedented advertising blitz. But they also heaped personal attacks on one another in the most contentious of the nine Democratic White House debates.

All of the contenders on the Las Vegas debate stage accused Bloomberg of trying to buy his way into the White House and said his record as mayor and businessman was not good enough to beat Trump.

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Convict Who Thanked New York Democrats for Abolishing Bail Arrested for the 140th Time

Career criminal Charles Barry, 56, was arrested Tuesday evening by NYPD for allegedly scamming a Belgian tourist on the New York City subway, provoking his 140th arrest. Barry’s spent six criminal sentences in state prison, including stints for drug dealing and grand larceny. New York’s bail reform law frees suspects back into the public almost immediately following their arrest.

Earlier this week, Barry told a reporter, “I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cracker! You can’t stop me! Bail reform, it’s lit! It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

A convicted felon who thanked New York Democrats this week for eliminating bail for a series of crimes deemed “non-violent” was arrested for the 140th time, just days after he was released from New York City Police Department (NYPD) custody.

Career criminal Charles Barry, 56-years-old, was arrested Tuesday evening by NYPD for allegedly scamming a Belgian tourist on the New York City subway, provoking his 140th arrest, as the New York Daily News noted.

Barry is likely to be released from jail almost immediately, yet again, thanks to New York’s new bail reform — signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) — that frees suspects back into the public almost immediately following their arrest. NYPD told the Daily News that Barry will be charged with fraudulent accosting, a charge where he will pay no bail to get out of jail.

The crimes for which bail has been eliminated include second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, or aggravated vehicular homicide.

Barry had just been arrested for the 139th time earlier this week, as Breitbart News reported, and thanked elected Democrats in New York for passing the bail reform law that allows him to be released every time he is arrested for a crime considered “non-violent.”

“I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cracker! You can’t stop me!” Barry told a Daily News reporter. “Bail reform, it’s lit! It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

“It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing,” Barry said of the Democrats’ bail reform law. “They punk’d people out for bullshit crimes.”

Thus far, Barry has been arrested a total of seven times in New York City since Cuomo signed the bail reform law. Each time, he was almost immediately released from jail.

Barry’s criminal record includes six felony convictions, 87 misdemeanor convictions, and 21 skipped court hearings. Barry’s record also includes spending six criminal sentences in state prison, including stints for drug dealing and grand larceny.

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Virginia Democrats in the House Pass Expansive Bill Banning ‘Assault Weapons’. Update: State Senate Delays Bill for 1 Year

A new Virginia law bans so-called assault weapons, including the AR-15, one of the most popular guns in America. It also makes it a crime to possess or transfer magazines holding over 12 rounds. Virginians would have a year to turn in any such magazines or face serious prison time. The National Rifle Association responded by saying the bill “will turn law-abiding Virginians into criminals overnight. Anyone who owns a standard-capacity magazine and does not turn it in within a year of the bill,  will face one year in prison for each magazine they have.” Banning “assault weapons” did not reduce gun violence when it was tried under Bill Clinton. -GEG

Update: Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting the legislation. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue.

It’s no longer hyperbole: Virginia Democrats want to take your gun rights. At least, that’s what a new bill passed by the Democrat-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday would do.

The law bans so-called assault weapons, outlawing future sales. This bans popular models such as the AR-15, one of the most popular guns in America. Yet, the wide-ranging ban also makes it a crime to possess or transfer certain magazines. Virginians would have a year to comply and turn them in. If they don’t, they could face jail time.

It’s a radical bill and one that’s arguably unconstitutional and undoubtedly ineffective.

Critics have largely focused on the draconian punishments Virginia Democrats would impose on residents who don’t kneel to magazine confiscation. The National Rifle Association, for instance, said in a statement that “[the bill] will turn law-abiding Virginians into criminals overnight. Under this bill, anyone who owns a standard capacity magazine must submit to mandatory confiscation or face one year in jail for each magazine they own.

And the libertarian-leaning, Republican state Rep. Nick Freitas pointed out to the Washington Examiner that “this bill creates an environment where you could receive up to 12 months in jail for every magazine you have over 12 rounds.” He’s right to sound the alarm. Do Democrats seriously want to imprison people over breaking ammunition regulations?

But even more to the point, the Democratic proposal would undoubtedly limit the rights of otherwise law-abiding gun owners and even subject them to criminal penalties, yet it wouldn’t actually stop mass shootings or do much to make Virginia safer.

Remember: We’ve already tried the whole “ban assault weapons” fearmongering and policy fiasco, under President Bill Clinton. The Democrat president signed such a ban into law in 1994, and it expired in 2004. Experts almost universally agree that it was not effective and did not reduce gun violence.

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https://wjla.com/news/local/virginia-lawmakers-reject-assault-weapon-ban




Judge Napolitano Says that Roger Stone Should receive New Trial in Light of Juror’s Anti-Trump Bias

Judge Andrew Napolitano says that former Trump adviser Roger Stone deserves a new trial in light of resurfaced tweets that show “inherent bias” against Stone from jury foreperson, Tomeka Hart. Hart, a Democrat activist, lawyer, and former Memphis City Schools Board President, posted about the Stone case before she voted to convict him. She retweeted and mocked an statement from those who considered Stone’s predawn arrest to be excessive force. She also implied that President Trump and his supporters are racist, and she praised the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately led to Stone’s prosecution. Napolitano says that built-in bias by a member of the jury is a trigger for the judge to grant a new trial. The judge in this case is Amy Berman Jackson, and Obama appointee. -GEG

Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Thursday that former Trump adviser Roger Stone deserves a new trial in light of resurfaced tweets that indicate partisanship and “inherent bias” from a jury member against Stone.

Former Memphis City Schools Board President Tomeka Hart revealed Wednesday that she was the foreperson of the jury that convicted Stone on obstruction charges last year — and soon afterward, her history of Democratic activism and a string of her anti-Trump, left-wing social media posts came to light.

“[Stone is] absolutely entitled to a new trial with a member of a jury making these types of revelations about the politics involved in the decisions to prosecute him,” Napolitano told “Fox & Friends.”

Hart even posted specifically about the Stone case before she voted to convict, as she retweeted an argument mocking those who considered Stone’s dramatic arrest in a predawn raid by a federal tactical team to be excessive force. She also suggested President Trump and his supporters are racist and praised the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which ultimately led to Stone’s prosecution.

Independent journalist Mike Cernovich, not CNN, then first reported that a slew of Hart’s other publicly available Twitter and Facebook posts readily suggested a strong political bias. Some of Hart’s posts were written as Stone’s trial was in progress.

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Roger Stone Juror, Tomeka Hart, Hates President Trump and Even Retweeted Nasty Tweet about Roger Stone in January 2019




Witness Against MS-13 Murdered After his Identity was Released To Defense Attorneys


New York: Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez was scheduled to testify against MS-13 gang members but was beaten to death in his front yard. This happened in the wake of New York’s new criminal-justice laws that require prosecutors to turn over witnesses’ names to defense attorneys fifteen days ahead of trial. A judge can issue a protective order to shield witnesses’ identities all the way to the eve of the trial, and that is what happened in this case. However, when the trial date was postponed, no one thought to also extend the date of the protective order so, Rodriguez was exposed well in advance of the trial. Law enforcement has placed the blame for Rodriguez’s murder squarely at the feet of Democratic lawmakers who passed the new law. -GEG

Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez was murdered after a judge released his identity under the state’s new criminal justice laws.
New Cassel, NY – A man who was scheduled to testify against MS-13 gang members was murdered outside his home because of New York’s new criminal justice reforms that now require prosecutors to turn over witnesses’ names 15 days ahead of trial.Although many people have been focused on the failure of the new bail reform laws the state put into effect that are releasing violent and repeat offenders back onto the streets without bail, the changes to New York’s discovery law have just as dire consequences, The New York Times reported.

New York had been one of 10 states that allowed prosecutors to withhold a witness’ identity from the defense until the eve of trial.

But under new laws, key witness and evidence must be shared within 15 days of a suspect’s arraignment.

There are exceptions to the rule – a judge can shield witnesses’ identities with a protective order – but in the case of 36-year-old Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez, a judge ordered his identity to be revealed in December of 2019, according to The New York Times.

Rodriguez, in October of 2018, intervened when he saw two boys being threatened by members of MS-13.

The gang members then proceeded to beat the good Samaritan in the head with a bat and stab him repeatedly, The New York Times reported.

Officials said that despite having almost lost his life for a good deed, Rodriguez was willing to testify against his MS-13 attackers.

But then Nassau County Court Judge Helene F. Gugerty ordered that his identity be given to defense attorneys last month, effectively signing Rodriguez’s death warrant.

He was found beaten to death in his yard on Sunday, The New York Times reported.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that being forced to identify Rodriguez ahead of the trial may have cost him his life.

“This courageous man was prepared to testify against alleged assailants at an upcoming trial, but he was brutally beaten to death before he could,” Singas said a statement. “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.”

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder filled in some of the details of what happened after the judge ordered prosecutors to turn Rodriguez’s name over to the defense, The New York Times reported.

Commissioner Ryder said the trial was initially scheduled for Jan. 6 but had been delayed, and that a “pattern of intimidation” against Rodriguez had started then.

He told Newsday that Rodriguez was assaulted and another victim was shot at after their names were released to the defendants’ attorneys.

“That protective order, because of the new changes in the law, was lifted,” the commissioner said. “We don’t know if the defense counsel turned that info over to the defendants.”

Defense attorneys were quick to push back, according to Newsday.

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