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Witness Against MS-13 Murdered After his Identity was Released To Defense Attorneys

•, Defense Maven

Wilmer Maldonado Rodriguez was murdered after a judge released his identity under the state's new criminal justice laws.

New Cassel, NY – A man who was scheduled to testify against MS-13 gang members was murdered outside his home because of New York's new criminal justice reforms that now require prosecutors to turn over witnesses' names 15 days ahead of trial.Although many people have been focused on the failure of the new bail reform laws the state put into effect that are releasing violent and repeat offenders back onto the streets without bail, the changes to New York's discovery law have just as dire consequences, The New York Times reported.

New York had been one of 10 states that allowed prosecutors to withhold a witness' identity from the defense until the eve of trial.

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