A per diem Spanish-language interpreter for the state court system has pleaded innocent to charges that she revealed information about the confidential grand jury testimony of two witnesses and then lied about the disclosures. Nancy Rodriguez Walker, 48, entered the plea on Feb. 15 before Onondaga County Court Judge Thomas Miller in Syracuse to two counts of unlawful grand jury disclosure and four counts of first-degree perjury. She was released on her own recognizance.
Melinda McGunnigle, senior assistant Onondaga County district attorney, declined to say how or why Walker revealed the information or to whom. She did say that Walker disclosed the information between June 11 and Sept. 25, 2012, and that the underlying case was a homicide prosecution. "We are taking this very seriously," McGunnigle said. "We are not making her an offer to plead to the charges based on the serious nature of the offense."
According to the indictment, the perjury counts concerned allegedly false statements Walker made to a grand jury on Jan. 29 investigating her 2012 disclosure about grand jury testimony. David Bookstaver, a Unified Court System spokesman, said Walker has not been used by the courts since her arrest in November. First-degree perjury is a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Unlawful grand jury disclosure is a Class E felony with a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison.