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Article • October 25, 2016
Eighth Circuit Finds No Constitutional Right to Communicate in Chinese by Lonnie Burton On August 15, 2016, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a case filed by a Chinese-born Missouri state prisoner who had his mail to and from China repeatedly rejected by prison officials. ...
In Many Courtrooms, Bad Interpreters Can Mean Justice Denied by By Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline Patricia Michelsen-King was observing the proceedings in a Chesterfield, Virginia, courtroom a few years ago when a man shouted in Spanish from the back of the courtroom, “I didn’t rape anybody!” Michelsen-King, who teaches Spanish interpretation at ...
El Paso County Settles Ex-Prisoner's Disabilities Suit for $6,650 by Matthew Clarke On June 26, 2012, representatives of the County of El Paso, Texas signed a settlement in a suit brought by a deaf former jail prisoner over the lack of accommodations for disabled prisoners at the El Paso County ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
USA v. Lake Worth Police Department, FL, Memo of Agreement, LEP failure to provide interpreter at arrest, 2007.pdf MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT (MOA) BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA POLICE DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NUMBER 171-18-16 A. SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION This matter was initiated by a ...
Brief • April 22, 2016
Aguilar v. ICE, NY, Settlement Agreement, language search policies, 2013 Case 1:07-cv-08224-KBF Document 426 Filed 04/04/13 Page 1 of 191M; .:: ''1 ) USDCSDNY DOCUMENT ELtCTRONICALL Y FILED DOC#:. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ADRIANA AGUILAR, etal., Plaintiffs, DATE FILF.D;APR -­ 0 4 2013 ECFCase 07 ...
Publication • February 24, 2016
Memo re Language Access Obligations Under EO 13166, OAG, 2010 ®fftte of tbe ~ttornep ~eneraI Wa%btngton, 1J.B. <t. 20530 June 28, 2010 MEMORANDUM FOR HEADS OF DEPARTMENT COMPONENTS FROM: C~ ATTORNEY GENERAL SUBJEC~angUage Access Obligations Under Executive Order 13166 It is the policy of the Department of Justice to ensure ...
Equitable Tolling of AEDPA Includes Non-English Speaking Petitioners by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a language inability, when combined with denial of legal or translation assistance, can be an extraordinary circumstance for equitable tolling purposes in habeas cases. The issue was before the Third Circuit following ...
California Jury Awards Deaf Prisoner $5,000 for Failure to Provide Interpreter; $193,582 in Fees Awarded by Court by A state court jury has awarded $5,000 to a deaf prisoner against the County of Los Angeles for failing to provide him with a sign language interpreter while he was in jail. ...
Article • May 15, 2008
No Right to Interpreters for IWS Application Process by Due process does not require the government to provide competent interpreters for interviews by INS personnel with applicants for status as Special Agricultural Workers. The applicants' interest is qualitatively different from that of one defending against criminal prosecution, deportation, or exclusion. ...
A RE-BIRTH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION: USING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO OVERCOME SECTION 1983 HURDLES AND HOLD GOVERNMENT AND POLICE ACCOUNTABLE by A RE-BIRTH FOR CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION: USING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO OVERCOME SECTION 1983 HURDLES AND HOLD GOVERNMENT AND POLICE ACCOUNTABLE A Review of ...
Government Segregates Muslim Prisoners Restricts Phone Calls and Visits by Government Segregates Muslim Prisoners, Restricts Phone Calls and Visits By William Fisher Legal authorities are charging that racial profiling is responsible for low-risk Muslim prisoners convicted for crimes the Justice Department intimates are terror-related being held in a segregated unit, ...
No Heck Bar to Disciplinary Challenge Not Involving Good Time by The Spanish-speaking plaintiff alleged that he was disciplined for failing to obey an order given in English. The district court dismissed without prejudice the claim against the officer who wrote the disciplinary charge for lack of personal involvement. The ...
California Parole Board Lax In Contracting For Foreign Language Interpreters by The watchdog California Office of Inspector General (OIG), when investigating the case of a foreign language interpreter who bilked the Board of Prison Terms (BPT) out of $11,862 in false claims, found the BPT's contracting and accountability procedures for ...
Article • October 15, 2005 • from PLN October, 2005
Damages Denied To Bilingual Iowa Prisoner Prohibited From Writing Family In Spanish by by John E. Dannenberg The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held that an Iowa prisoner was not entitled to damages when he challenged a policy requiring prisoners to correspond only in English because he had not ...
Titan Pays $28.5 Million After Pleading Guilty to Three Felonies by Titan Pays $28.5 Million After Pleading Guilty to Three Felonies by Matthew T. Clarke On March 1, 2005, Titan Corp., the largest private supplier of translators for the U.S. military, pleaded guilty to three felony charges and agreed to ...
New Jersey County Settles With Imprisoned Deaf Man For $175,000 by On November 20, 2003, Mercer County, New Jersey, agreed to pay $175,000 to a deaf man who was imprisoned at the Mercer County Detention Center (MCDC) without appropriate accommodations and appeared before a county court without an interpreter. The ...
Texas Monitors Prisoners for-Signs of Al-Qaeda Recruitment by by Matthew T. Clarke Fears of possible al-Qaeda recruitment among prisoners in U.S. prisons have led officials to take a fresh look at prisoners with a view to their possible recruitment by al-Qaeda. Texas has taken the process to an extreme, closely ...
Deaf Michigan Prisoner's ADA/RA Suit Survives Dismissal Challenge by A Michigan District Court has granted in part and denied in part Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) officials' motion to dismiss a state prisoner's suit against MDOC under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §12101, et. seq., and the ...
Brutal Jail Conditions Warrant Reduced Federal Prison Sentence by A federal court judge granted a defendant's request for a reduced prison sentence based upon the abject conditions of pre-sentence confinement in a New York Jail. Elvin Francis came before a U. S. District Court where he pled guilty to illegal ...
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