Lawyer Accused of Deportation Threat to Silence Rape Victim

The indictment outlines how Vasiliades and interpreter Edgar Rodriguez called the sexual assault victim and her husband in April saying the case had gotten "more complicated", and they wanted to meet to discuss everything.

According to court documents released by The Baltimore Sun, Rodriguez said, "You know how things are with Trump's laws now; someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away". "These statistics reflect President Trump's commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board", said Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, according to a New York Times report.

They offered the couple $3,000 and laid out a game plan: Vasiliades would go into court the day of the trial but the alleged rape victim and her husband would stay outside with Rodriguez, according to the indictment.

"I think you should find him and kick his ass, personally", Vasiliades told the couple, according to the indictment.

"It is too early for anyone to reach a conclusion regarding Mr. Rodriguez's alleged involvement in the activities that have resulted in the filing of criminal charges against him and Mr. Vasiliades".

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston.

Then the lawyer and interpreter started talking about the current climate for immigrants in the country, citing recent arrests by immigration and customs enforcement agents.

Vasiliades made everyone place their cell phones on a desk in the lobby of the building where the meeting took place, then led them into an office, according to the indictment. He reportedly added:"I did my job, I did very good, and I can go home and go to sleep, OK, and then you get something, and then you find him outside, brother, and you (expletive) him up, that's it", Vasiliades was apparently recorded saying. According to The Baltimore Sun, Vasiliades and Rodriguez were recorded asking the woman's husband whether he was aware of the current climate surrounding immigrants in the United States before offering $3,000 to not come to court. The owner of the diner in 2015, Anthony Vasiliades, was arrested after paying $50,000 cash to a government cooperator for two kilograms of cocaine. Undocumented immigrants face an even more hard challenge than American citizens in having their attackers brought to justice, and the chilling effect the Trump administrations efforts have had are unlikely to have improved the situation. With his attorney arrested, his trial has been pushed back even farther to August.

If the case was "thrown out" because they didn't arrive to testify, then Vasiliades would come outside and flash a "thumbs up" to Rodriguez, who would then hand the couple their money. Vasiliades claimed that ICE was looking at their case and would ask for their documents.

Vasiliades has been an attorney since 2011, working for Murtha's firm.

A now-deleted website for Christos Vasiliades described him as an "aggressive" Baltimore attorney "dedicated to client service".

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