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Interpreting as a punishment
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LegalTransform  Identity Verified
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Jan 30, 2009

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Maria Ramon  Identity Verified
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It can get worse.... Jan 31, 2009

Inmates 'translating' for other inmates while awaiting an initial appearance, or who take a plea deal.

Some inmate learned a little Spanish, or v.v. learned a little English and in one court house I know about, they use them as 'interpreters' to save on the real interpreters (one judge finds that we, interpreters make too much money, he said so in open court); even 'girlfriends' of Mexican guys, who know maybe 4 or 5 words of Spanish, and then corrupt those few words have offered their 'services' as interpreter'!

One day a couple of years ago I was interpreting in that court house and the defendant and his attorney had hired an interpreter: a fat, ungroomed, almost toothless young woman (about 29, 30 years old) in dirty sweats! (I am not kidding you!), she was apologizing for her sweats, she had just finished cleaning houses!

The judge did not accept her once he knew that I was in the building on another case and had me called.

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Oh dear Feb 7, 2009

Disgraceful. Horrible. Unbelievable.

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