Lawyer arrested after allegedly threatening rape victim with deportation for testifying

Olive Rios
May 26, 2017

A Baltimore attorney was arrested and charged with intimidating his client Tuesday afternoon for telling her she shouldn't testify at a rape trial because it would make her vulnerable to deportation.

Vasiliades and Rodriguez face a dozen obstruction of justice and witness intimidation charges for allegedly conspiring to intimidate a victim and witness.

The husband had met with law enforcement ahead of the meeting with Rodriguez and Vasiliades and was wearing a recording device that captured their comments, the indictment said.

If that weren't enough, Vasiliades later suggested to the survivor's husband that he beat up Aguilar-Delosantos as a form of justice, which, while some might argue is warranted, wouldn't be justice in America.

"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", The Baltimore Sun reported. "I think you should find him and kick his ass, personally", he reportedly added, per NBC News.

As Vasiliades prepared to enter the trial for his client Mario Aguilar-Delosantos at the Courthouse East building, he was arrested and charged.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said Wednesday he believes this "sadly new" method of intimidation arose from a "climate of fear in the immigrant community". A state of fear has been a constant feature of Trump's administration, and it's something Vasiliades and his accomplice gladly took full advantage of. In this case, city prosecutors turned to the attorney general's office, asking for them to take over due to a possible conflict.

We reached out to the attorneys for Vasiliades and Rodriguez.

The 38-year-old Vasiliades ordered everyone in the meeting to leave their phones on the desk in the lobby, the indictment stated. Rodriguez, who was released, is also facing charges for his supposed role. "They're going to ask, 'You have your documents?' Then everybody's f--". The alleged incident occurred on March, 25, 2016 but he has been free on $250,000 bond. Vasiliades and Rodriguez said ICE was "looking at this case" regarding their client, and cited recent immigration statistics. Because of his attorney's arrest, Aguilar-Delosantos' trial has now been delayed until August.

During that conversation, the lawyer said Rodriguez would be waiting outside the courtroom with $3,000, and would hand it over as soon as the case was dropped, according to the indictment.

Vasiliades has worked for Murtha's firm since 2011.

In an online profile, Vasiliades is described as an "aggressive trial attorney dedicated to client service", according to the Baltimore Sun. Vasiliades is listed as the resident agent for the diner. He formed his own law firm in 2015, based on South Haven Street, and also is listed as a founding partner of a title company called Olympus Title.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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