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Lawyer recorded telling rape victim Trump will deport her if she testifies, indictment says

A Baltimore defense attorney was arrested Tuesday after he was recorded telling an alleged rape victim the Trump administration would deport her if she testified against his client, court documents said. 

Christos Vasiliades, 38, was arrested Tuesday at the courthouse as his client’s rape trial was set to start, according to the Baltimore Sun. He is charged with multiple counts that include witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. 

Vasiliades’ interpreter, Edgar Ivan Rodriguez, was also arrested, the Sun reported.

A 12-court indictment in the case alleges that Vasiliades was recorded trying to dissuade the woman who accused his client of rape from testifying at trial. He and Rodriguez are also accused of trying to bribe her with $3,000.

The recording allegedly captured the lawyer talking about the “current environment” for immigrants in the United States since President Trump’s inauguration. 

“You know how things are with Trump’s laws now,” he told the woman’s husband in the recorded conversation. “Someone goes to court, and boom, they get taken away.”

According to court documents, Vasiliades also offered an alternative solution that he said would go over well in his native Greece: beat the defendant up.

“He’s an (expletive). I think you should find him and kick his (expletive), personally,” Vasiliades said, according to court documents obtained by the Sun.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who obtained the indictment against Vasiliades and Rodriguez, commented on the indictment on Facebook.  "Threatening a victim of crime with deportation could have a chilling effect on our criminal justice system," Frosh said. 

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The indictment, which was filed Tuesday, stated that the case against Vasiliades and Rodriguez began on April 11, when the men called the woman and her husband and asked to meet them, stating that her case had become “more complicated.” The meeting took place at a Baltimore restaurant. 

During the meeting, they pointed out that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would be in the courtroom for their client, Mario Aguilar-Delossantos, the indictment said. They told the couple that due to new federal laws and policies enacted by the Trump administration, there was a high risk that they would be deported if they showed up in court.  

Vasiliades and Rodriguez are accused of telling the couple that Aguilar-Delossantos was “very sorry and could offer compensation if they did not come to court and testify against him,” the indictment said. The men claimed that the money could help ensure that the couple remained in the country.

Instead of taking the lawyer up on his offer, the couple went to law enforcement. Police investigators had them call Vasiliades on May 15, but that call was closely monitored and recorded. 

Over the span of a couple of days, and multiple phone calls with Vasiliades, a face-to-face meeting was set up for May 18. When everyone arrived at the meeting place, an office space in Baltimore, Vasiliades made everyone leave their cellphones in the lobby. 

Unknown to him or Rodriguez, however, the couple still had a recording device with them. The device recorded the lawyer reiterating the risk of deportation for the victim if she testified, the indictment said.

“Because she’s there (in court), you know, my guy’s going to be, like, ‘I’m here, but she is, too,’” Vasiliades told them, according to the document.

Rodriguez told the woman ICE officials would ask for her immigration documents. At that point, Vasiliades allegedly said, “Then everybody’s (expletive).” 

Read the entire indictment here. 

It was during the May 18 meeting that Vasiliades and Rodriguez told the victim she and her husband would receive $3,000 if they failed to show up and the case got thrown out of court, the indictment said. The court document detailed the plan the men came up with. 

“On the upcoming trial date, (the couple) should not show up to court and should instead wait outside the courthouse with Rodriguez, who would be holding the cash, while Vasiliades would appear in court,” the indictment said. “If the case was then ‘thrown out’ due to the fact that (the couple) did not show up, Vasiliades would come out of the courthouse, give a ‘thumbs up’ to Rodriguez and Rodriguez would hand (the couple) the cash.”

After pointing out that, in Greece, the punishment for an alleged rapist would be a beating, Vasiliades told the couple that all he wanted was for them to not show up at the trial, court documents said. 

“I did my job, I did very good, and I can go home and go to sleep OK,” Vasiliades said, according to the indictment. “And then you get something, and then you find him outside, brother, and you (expletive) him up, that’s it.”

The Sun reported that Aguilar-Delossantos’s trial was pushed back to August because of his lawyer’s arrest. Aguilar-Delossantos is charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault, as well as third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses. 

Man who shot self accused of killing girlfriend after bullet passes through head

An Alaska woman died last month after her boyfriend attempted to shoot and kill himself -- but the bullet passed through his body and into hers.

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Victor Sibson, 21, survived after he fired one shot to his head in an attempt to commit suicide on April 19.

Investigators believe Sibson’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Brittany-Mae Haag, may have tried to stop him. The bullet went through Sibson’s head and into Haag’s chest, KTVA reported.

“Victor has been part of our family. He called me mom,” Haag’s mother, Sheila Lopez, told KTVA. “Knowing my daughter, I would do the same thing, too. If someone was trying to kill them self, I would go and try to stop them, and I know that that's what she would do.” 

For a month, Lopez believed Sibson intentionally killed her daughter in an attempted murder-suicide. Investigators later told her that only one bullet shell casing was found at the scene. 

Sibson was not initially expected to survive the gunshot wound to his head.

“There was substantial doubt at the outset (that) Mr. Sibson would survive. He had an entry wound on the left side of his head, he had an exit wound on the top of his skull,” assistant district attorney James Fayette said, according to KTVA.

Lopez and Haag’s sister, Chelsea Hartman, said the couple was happy and that the two were high school sweethearts who had been together for six years. 

“I think a lot of it is still hard to grasp of how is it just one bullet, you know? And how does it go through one person and then the other person and kill the second person? It’s just not fair,” Hartman said.

>> Related: Woman shot in forehead survives after bullet exits skull

Sibson pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in Haag’s death. He appeared in court Tuesday with a helmet on his head. If convicted, he could face up to 99 years in prison, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Lopez said her anger over the loss of her daughter will never go away.

“(Suicide) affects a whole bunch of different families -- whoever’s around that person. Just get help,” she said.

According to Fayette, Sibson’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit at the time of the shooting.

Tattooed 'Joker' accused of flashing gun at cars

A man with facial tattoos in the style of the Joker comic book villain and the green hair to match is accused of pointing a gun at cars Tuesday in southwest Miami-Dade, Florida.

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WFOR-TV reported that police were called about a man flashing a gun at cars near SW 104th Street and Hammocks Boulevard.

Police spotted and questioned Lawrence Sullivan, 29, who fit the description of the popular Batman nemesis. A police officer said he saw Sullivan walk from an apartment complex.

During a pat-down, the officer said he found a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber gun in Sullivan's pocket. He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, WFOR-TV reported.

Sullivan had "Joker" tatted on his forehead and "Ha Ha Ha" scrawled under his eye.

Sullivan appeared in court Wednesday and a judge set his bail at $5,000.

WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a stun gun was caught on camera.  

Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condominium's parking garage, WFOR reported.

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When officers arrived to find Sierra with the bike in his hands, he dropped to the ground and allowed the officers to handcuff him and get him back on his feet.  

Sierra tried to run away, while still in handcuffs, before being stopped by a jolt from a stun gun, WFOR reported. The shock sent the man flailing into the air, which led to a forceful, and likely painful, landing in the middle of the road.   

Sierra, who is sporting bloody facial wounds in his mugshot, was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Employee Fired for Allegedly Writing 'Cops' And 'Pigs' on Officer's Receipt

Employee Fired for Allegedly Writing 'Cops' And 'Pigs' on Officer's Receipt

Mama June Shannon shows off her slim new figure again in body-hugging red dress

After losing nearly 300 pounds in her recent weight loss journey, Mama June Shannon is loving her new figure. Shannon was all smiles as she appeared on the red carpet for the new WEtv series “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.”

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Shannon flaunted her newly slim physique in a figure-hugging red gown and completed the look with black heels, a bracelet and several rings on her fingers.

Viewers loved watching her weight loss journey on the WEtv show, “Mama June: From Not to Hot.” In the series, Shannon underwent gastric sleeve surgery and combined diet and working out to lose the weight. After slimming down, Shannon underwent breast augmentation and skin removal surgery to get rid of her “turkey neck,” “bat wings” and sagging stomach.

>> RELATED: “DWTS” contestant Normani Kordei is speaking out about her shocking finale elimination

She plans to keep the weight off by continuing the diet and regular exercise.

Shannon also admitted to worrying about weight of her daughters, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon” and Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, as they continue into adulthood.

“I do worry about their health, but I’m not going to say, ‘You got to eat salads all the time,’” she said of her daughters. Shannon is also mother to daughters Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon and Anna “Chickadee” Cardwell, from whom she is estranged.

Kim Kardashian deletes social media post on Manchester attack after fiery backlash

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has removed a photo of herself and Ariana Grande from social media after an intense backlash over the posting, which was intended to show sympathy for the victims of the Manchester concert bombing and Grande, but instead caused a social media uproar.

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Kardashian posted the photo of herself and Grande having a good time and smiling at another concert event on Twitter and Instagram, with a caption that read, “Concerts are supposed to be a place where u can let loose & have fun. So scary to not feel safe in the world. @arianagrande I love you.”

>> Related: Ariana Grande cancels tour following Manchester attack

The pair are friends, but social media users questioned the use of the photo featuring a laughing Kardashian and a grinning Grande for a message about such a somber event.

The attack on the concert hall in Manchester Monday night as Grande was wrapping up her show killed 22 people and injured almost 60 others.

Obama's former White House photographer trolls Trumps for not holding hands

Former White House photographer Pete Souza trolled the Trumps after the hand-holding incident that was seen around the world by posting a photo with a simple caption on his Instagram page.

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On Monday, a video started circulating that showed first lady Melania Trump swatting away President Donald Trump’s hand when he tried to hold her hand as they were walking on the tarmac in Israel.

>> Related: Watch: Melania Trump appears to slap away president's hand in Israel

Magic mushrooms are ‘safest drugs’ for recreational use, scientists say  

The hallucinogenic drug psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms, are the “safest drugs” for recreational use, according to the annual Global Drug Survey.

The study, which surveyed more than 120,000 people in 50 countries, found that those using psychedelic mushrooms needed significantly fewer emergency medical visits than those using other drugs like cocaine, MDMA, LSD and even alcohol.

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“The rate is considerably lower than with LSD, presumably because of intrinsic safety of magic mushrooms (the greatest risk is picking the wrong type),” according to the survey.

The research scientists also found those using mushrooms were better prepared for drug use.

“People who use psychedelics are generally very sensible and show some of the best preparation and adoption of harm reduction practices of any drug,” according to the study.

However, the founder of the Global Drug Survey, Adam Winstock, told the Guardian that magic mushrooms are not without risks and can cause confusion or panic attacks. 

“Combined use with alcohol and use with risky, unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm, most commonly accidental injury, panic and short-lived confusion, disorientation and fears of losing one’s mind,” Winstock said.

People in Columbia, New Zealand, Norway and Mexico, respectively, were most likely to grow or pick their own mushrooms, according to the survey.

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