A rape trial set to begin yesterday in Baltimore has been postponed. The lawyer for the accused was recorded both offering $3,000 to the victim not to testify–and threatening her. He said she risked deportation under the Trump administration if she testified.
The lawyer has been arrested. So has his interpreter. The lawyer warned the alleged victim’s husband about the “current environment for immigrants in this country.” The interpreter added, “You know how things are with Trump’s laws now; someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away.”
The punchline, however, is that both the lawyer and interpreter are correct. Interpreters and other witnesses have reported seeing even domestic violence victims leaving a courthouse and getting detained by immigration services.
Article originally found in INTERSECT weekly update from May 25, 2017.