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A Brooklyn drug dealer serving 25 years to life for a drive-by slaying may get a new trial because the lone witness was locked up by the prosecutor in a hotel room and allegedly coerced into lying on the stand, the Daily News has learned.
Ruddy Quezadaâs appeal of his 1993 conviction has blown the lid off a secret program in Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynesâ office in which witnesses were arrested on warrants and held against their will in various hotels to force them into testifying.
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There were originally two witnesses who fingered Quezada as the gunman in a shooting in East New York that killed innocent bystander Jose Rosado in a spray of bullets on New Lots Ave.
One witness was slain a year later, leaving the case hinging on the testimony of Sixto Salcedo, according to court papers.
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The day before he was scheduled to Michael Kors Bags Cheap testify, Assistant District Attorney Ephraim Shaban got the judge to sign a material witness warrant by claiming Salcedo refused to meet with him. But instead of bringing Salcedo to court as the warrant ordered, investigators arrested him and brought the witness to the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens, where he was kept overnight in a locked room, according to court papers.
Prosecutors denied for years that there was a warrant for Salcedo, but the document surfaced in Quezadaâs second federal appeal.
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Salcedo recanted his trial testimony in 2001 and also claimed that NYPD Detective Thomas Buda of the 75th Precinct had threatened him with 10 years in prison if he didnât finger Quezada. Buda, now employed as a consultant to the U.S. Michael Kors Astor Bag State Department, has denied the allegation.
Salcedoâs claim that he lied about Quezada firing a Tec-9 machine gun out the car window is bolstered by drug dealer Freddie Caballero, who has admitted to the feds that he was the gunman. Two other men also came forward confirming Caballero was the shooter, not Quezada.
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Brooklyn DA spokesman Jerry Schmetterer said the office ânever Carteira Michael Kors violated the letter or the spirit of the law by coercing or threatening anyone against their will without judicial intervention.â
Meanwhile, former federal prosecutor Kenneth Thompson, who is challenging Hynesâ bid for reelection, called on U.S. Attorney Eric Holder and Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to investigate the alleged interrogation Michael Kors Cheap Handbags and detention practices in the DAâs office.
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Brooklyn DA investigator Renee Krelik, who guarded Salcedo in the hotel, stated in a deposition that material witnesses were locked in the room and prohibited from leaving, making phone calls or having Michael Kors Crossbody Bags visitors while in custody.
A âhotel logâ maintained by the DAâs office in the 1990s lists dozens of witnesses detained at hotels in Queens, including the LaGuardia Marriott, Adria Hotel, Travel Lodge and Pan American. Krelik said the hotel locations were âconfidential.â
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