Criminal Justice

Disbarred lawyer testifies court interpreter gave him secret information

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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.”

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