Disbarred lawyer testifies court interpreter gave him secret information
Posted Aug 28, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A disbarred New York lawyer testified on Tuesday that a court interpreter gave him secret information about two witnesses who testified before a grand jury.
Former Syracuse lawyer Ezequiel Neuman said he received the information from Nancy Rodriguez-Walker, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. Neuman lost his law license when he pleaded guilty in November to trying to bribe a witness to keep him from testifying in a murder trial. The witness was Michael Fuentes.
Neuman said Rodriguez-Walker told him that Fuentes and a second witness had testified before the grand jury. Neuman also claimed the interpreter also told him about a meeting in which Fuentes agreed to wear a wire to gather proof of Neuman’s bribe. Neuman said the interpreter gave him the information because she felt he had been “set up.”
Rodriguez-Walker has denied leaking secret information to Neuman. Her lawyer said in opening statements that Neuman is just trying to "save himself from jail."