A lawyer has been arrested on multiple charges following a particularly callous remark to a rape victim in an ongoing trial.
The Baltimore Sun initially reported that attorney Christos Vasiliades and his associate, Edgar Ivan Rodriguez, were both arrested on charges of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice for attempting to bribe a witness with $3,000 in order for her to not testify against their client.
The also hinted that if she were to testify, President Trump would send Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to her house to detain and deport her.
If the victim didn’t testify, the court would have dropped the charges against their client, as her testimony was necessary to secure a potential conviction.
“You know how things are with Trump’s laws now; someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away,” Rodriguez allegedly told the victim’s husband.
Vasiliades also offered the victim’s husband the option of roughing up his client rather than having his wife testify in the rape trial.
“If we were back home where I’m from, from Greece… we would go [expletive] him up, that’s it, if you want to do that, that’s fine,” Vasiliades said, according to documents obtained by the Sun.
“He’s an (expletive), I think you should find him and kick his (expletive), personally… find him and wear him out.”
While what the attorneys did was certainly against the law, they aren’t wrong in their suggestion that ICE agents may show up at the courthouse to detain and deport the witness.
One woman in El Paso, Texas was detained by ICE in February when she showed up at the local courthouse to obtain a restraining order against her abusive partner.
In Denver, Colorado, four women who were set to testify in a domestic abuse case suddenly withdrew their names as witnesses out of fear that ICE would deport them.
In one particularly overzealous week, ICE detained approximately 700 people, including a DREAMer in Seattle under protection of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) rule.