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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 ...
Brief • September 9, 2016
Bailey v. MN DOC, MN, Plf Post Trial Memo, Inadequate Asl Interpreter, 2004 STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF RAMSEY DISTRICT COURT SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT Scott A. Bailey, Plaintiff, Case type: Other Civil File Number: C6-03-6996 v. Minnesota Department of Corrections, et al., Defendants. PLAINTIFF'S POST-TRIAL MEMORANDUM Respectfully submitted Minnesota Disability ...
DRF v. Julie Jones, FL, Complaint, interpreters hearing aid disabled deaf prisoners, 2016 Case 4:16-cv-00047-WS-CAS Document 1 Filed 01/26/16 Page 1 of 123 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA Tallahassee Division DISABILITY RIGHTS FLORIDA, INC., Plaintiff, v. Case No. JULIE JONES, in her official capacity as Secretary of ...
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 ...
Article • July 7, 2015 • from PLN July, 2015
California Prison Officials Ordered to Provide Qualified Sign Language Interpreters for All Deaf Prisoners by Michael Brodheim California Prison Officials Ordered to Provide Qualified Sign Language Interpreters for All Deaf Prisoners by Michael Brodheim In June 2013, the federal district court overseeing California&rsquo;s treatment of prisoners with disabilities granted a ...
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 ...
Minnesota Man Settles Lawsuit for $229,500 and Policy Changes to Assist Deaf Arrestees by A deaf Minnesota man has agreed to accept $229,500 and policy changes to settle a lawsuit that alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act (RA) and the Minnesota Human Rights Act ...
Illinois DOC Sued to Accommodate Hearing Impaired Prisoners by A class-action lawsuit filed on May 4, 2011 is challenging the failure of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to provide assistance to prisoners who are deaf or hard of hearing. The complaint, filed in federal court, alleges violations of the ...
Virginia DOC Settles Lawsuit to Improve Communication for Deaf Prisoners by The Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by deaf prisoners. The settlement makes substantial changes to improve such prisoners’ ability to interact in the prison environment and rehabilitate themselves. “We believe the settlement ...
Article • July 15, 2011
Interpreters Allowed in Nevada Small Claims Cases by Mark Wilson By Mark Wilson The Nevada Supreme Court held “that under both its inherent and express powers, a justice court is authorized to” appoint interpreters in small claims cases. In 2004, Hermes Caballero was transported from an Arizona prison to Ely ...
Article • January 15, 2008
Non-English Speaking Fed Prisoner Entitled to Representative at Prison Disciplinary Hearing by In 1976, Aharon Ron, a federal prisoner in Lexington, Kentucky, was found hiding in a barn with his visitor. He was infracted for being in an unauthorized area. Ron didn't understand English very well and, when presented with ...
Interpreters Provided For MD Deaf Prisoners in Consent Decree by A Maryland federal district court approved a consent decree that agrees to provide and compensate qualified sign language interpreters for deaf prisoners. The agreement provides Maryland deaf prisoners will be advised of their right to a qualified sign language interpreter ...
Right to Interpreter and Witnesses at NY Disciplinary Hearings by A New York state appeals court held that prisoners in that state have a right to accurate translations of disciplinary proceedings and the right to call witnesses at those hearings. Paul Santana, a non English speaking Hispanic prisoner was infracted ...
Prison Programs Receive Federal Funds Under Civil Rights Restoration Act Definition by Prison Programs Receive Federal Funds Under Civil Rights Restoration Act Definition The U.S. District Court for the District of Arkansas held that Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) "programs or activities" received federal funds for 'purposes of a prisoner's ...
Summary Judgment Of Rehabilitation Act Suit Precluded By Fact Issues by The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that genuine issues of material fact precluded summary judgment of a prisoner's suit under the Rehabilitation Act (RA) of 1973 against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC). Nicki Aaron Bonner, a ...
Contempt for Disciplinary Hearing Injunction Violations Upheld by Contempt for Disciplinary Hearing Injunction violations Upheld The court of appeals for the Second circuit affirmed contempt sanctions imposed against New York state prison officials for violating an injunction in disciplinary hearings lawsuit. In this class action suit New York prisoners obtained ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Lack of Interpreter at Some Hearings Upheld by The Spanish-speaking plaintiff, who had a lot of disciplinary charges, received an interpreter when he asked for one, but he didn't always ask. The magistrate judge found that he understood English enough to understand the nature of the proceedings and to respond ...
Franklin Reversed; DC Prisoners Have No Right to Qualified Interpreters by The court of appeals for the D. C. Circuit held that Spanish-speaking prisoners have no right to qualified interpreters at parole hearings, disciplinary hearings, or for medical and mental health treatment. Spanish-speaking prisoners in the District of Columbia (District) ...
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