Attorney Slashed in MS-13 Trial

Jason Kandel, Los Angeles Daily News, Mar. 14

SAN FERNANDO—A man suspected of being an “enforcer” for the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang allegedly slashed his attorney’s arm with a razor blade in court Monday during his murder trial.

The courtroom attack came just three days after county officials assured area residents that their courthouses were secure. It also came the same day authorities announced an unprecedented nationwide roundup of more than 100 members of Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

The defendant, Erick Isaac Morales, 24, allegedly slashed the right arm of Deputy Public Defender Linda Wieder at 11:35 a.m.

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Sheriff’s officials, who are responsible for courtroom security across the county, suspect that Morales broke a razor out of its holder at the Men’s Central Jail.

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