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Alleged Child Rapist Goes Free Because Court Can't Find Interpreter
Fox News ^ | 7-22-07 | Fox News

Posted on 07/22/2007 1:08:30 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Charges against a man accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a 7-year-old girl were dismissed last week because the court could not find an interpreter fluent in the suspect's native West African language.

Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian native who received asylum in this country and attended high school and community college here, according to The Washington Post, was denied a speedy trial after three years awaiting a court-appointed interpreter who could speak the tribal language of Vai.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: aliens; capitalpunishment; communistgoals; englishonly; gramsci; immigrantlist; judiciary; morethanequalrights; nigeria; pedophile; pedophiles; perjury; rapistandliar
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This just makes one sick.
1 posted on 07/22/2007 1:08:35 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Gee, so I guess one just needs to invent a language and you can get away with anything.


2 posted on 07/22/2007 1:10:30 PM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Thats about one of the lamest excuses I’ve ever heard.


3 posted on 07/22/2007 1:10:30 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Southern Maryland. He doesn’t have to obey ANY laws then.
4 posted on 07/22/2007 1:10:42 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

that’s a crock! The US State Dept is only miles from the Montgomery County Courthouse .. if they wanted an interpreter they surely could have gotten on. Disgusting.


5 posted on 07/22/2007 1:12:04 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

So I can speak gibberish, punch Hillary in the nose and be back in my home in 3 years with the state’s apology? What a country!


6 posted on 07/22/2007 1:13:37 PM PDT by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Charges against a man accused of repeatedly raping and molesting a 7-year-old girl were dismissed
7 posted on 07/22/2007 1:16:09 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

This also makes me sick.

>>The Washington Post, was denied a speedy trial after three years awaiting a court-appointed interpreter who could speak the tribal language of Vai.<<

Three bloody years they took, in a country where we are entitled to fair, speedy trials and in the end they let a probable rapist go.

Heads ought to roll.


8 posted on 07/22/2007 1:16:25 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words)
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To: gondramB

The Washington Post wrote in its article that in just one night reporters were independently able to identify three Vai translators available to assist in the case.

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9 posted on 07/22/2007 1:22:34 PM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
and attended high school and community college here,

SO they could find folks that could communicate with him well enough for him to get a high school diploma and college credits, but not someone who could tell him what he did wrong when the indictment was read to him?

Revoke his diploma, negate his credits, and expell him from the country.

10 posted on 07/22/2007 1:23:56 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: wagglebee

moral absolutes


11 posted on 07/22/2007 1:24:12 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

What did you expect from the Peoples’ Republic of Maryland?


12 posted on 07/22/2007 1:24:34 PM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: diverteach
“Thats about one of the lamest excuses I’ve ever heard.”

In the leftist bastions of southern Maryland, black people are never guilty of anything, just victims of white oppression. The judge was just looking for an excuse to turn him lose to rape again.

13 posted on 07/22/2007 1:25:52 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

This purported pedophile can speak/understand English.
Even my dear old mother said she heard he attended high school here in
Missouri.
But I guess in Maryland, an accussed pedophile and a psychiatrist
get to decide which language MUST be used for court proceedings,
otherwise the perp goes free.

But here’s a link to a FOX News story:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,290300,00.html


“A court-ordered psychiatrist determined that Kanneh, despite his
functional facility with English — he originally spoke with detectives
in English, The Post reports, needed to have Vai spoken in order to
understand the proceedings against him.”


14 posted on 07/22/2007 1:26:10 PM PDT by VOA
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To: John123
“So I can speak gibberish, punch Hillary in the nose and be back in my home in 3 years with the state’s apology?”

No, you’d be free to rape 7 year olds, but you could never get away with punching Hillary in the nose.

15 posted on 07/22/2007 1:27:20 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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You come to the US, you play by our rules. we'll attempt to accomodate all your needs. Period.
16 posted on 07/22/2007 1:27:41 PM PDT by svanni
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To: PAR35
Thanks for posting that part, and noticing it. I was hoping someone got to it. Un-FREAKING-Beleiveable.
17 posted on 07/22/2007 1:28:45 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I buy gas for my SUV with the Carbon Offsets I sell on Ebay!)
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To: PAR35

The second he was arrested he magically and completely forgot all English.


18 posted on 07/22/2007 1:29:15 PM PDT by A knight without armor
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19 posted on 07/22/2007 1:29:22 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: gondramB
Insanity prevails.

Hopefully somebody will cap this pedophile rapist and be cleared of any charges, simply by claiming to only speak Azerbaijani.

20 posted on 07/22/2007 1:31:14 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (There's another old saying Senator..."Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian native who received asylum in this country and attended high school and community college here, according to The Washington Post, was denied a speedy trial after three years awaiting a court-appointed interpreter who could speak the tribal language of Vai.

We are a living and breathing Constitution based sovereign country.

Give him a break. /sarcasm in total

21 posted on 07/22/2007 1:34:30 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Recovering Hermit
Insanity prevails.

Because insanity in power breads insanity.

22 posted on 07/22/2007 1:35:52 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: kinoxi

FYI, Rockville is not Southern Maryland.


23 posted on 07/22/2007 1:36:15 PM PDT by Unassuaged (I have shocking data relevant to the conversation!)
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To: Unassuaged

FYI I live in Maryland. What do you call it?


24 posted on 07/22/2007 1:38:04 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Went to school here?
Can’t speak english?
How did this happen?

This has got to be on of the biggest full of BS stories I have ever read.


25 posted on 07/22/2007 1:40:37 PM PDT by Global2010 (Oregon Coast our lil town. Nah nah nah nah It's our town.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Earlier Free Republic story posting on same case:

"For want of a translator..."

26 posted on 07/22/2007 1:43:10 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: kinoxi

A DC suburb. Southern Md is 10 miles + south of the beltway. I guess if you live in Hagerstown then it is Southern.


27 posted on 07/22/2007 1:56:38 PM PDT by Unassuaged (I have shocking data relevant to the conversation!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Put his name on the list......


28 posted on 07/22/2007 2:07:30 PM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Calling Paul Kersey ...


29 posted on 07/22/2007 2:56:34 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
For all intents and purposes, Vai is a dead language. For those few who do speak it, it is sedondary to their native tongue, English.

GlobalSecurity.org ~ Liberia Country Study Some Vai, many of whom are Muslims, are literate in three different languages and scripts: Vai, Arabic, and English. The script has been kept alive largely as a matter of pride. It is not taught routinely to Vai children but is transmitted by knowledgeable elders to youngsters who express a desire to learn it.

I doubt that Mahamu Kanneh is even fluent in Vai.

30 posted on 07/22/2007 2:57:09 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
This is beyond outrageous. I’ll bet the creep is paying taxes - the IRS wouldn’t hesitate to through him in jail for that without an interpreter.
31 posted on 07/22/2007 2:58:09 PM PDT by Heartland Mom (Build the fence, secure our borders, deport illegals - Protect our sovereignty!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Same here, frigging unbelievable.
32 posted on 07/22/2007 2:59:08 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Same here, frigging unbelievable.
33 posted on 07/22/2007 2:59:14 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: BykrBayb
Some Vai, many of whom are Muslims...

I can't imagine what name "Mahamu" is a variant of, but I'm sure it's a name of peace.

34 posted on 07/22/2007 3:15:40 PM PDT by Sender (Be subtle! Be subtle! And use your squirrels for every kind of business.)
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To: Sender

I wonder if the family has stoned his 7 year old niece yet.


35 posted on 07/22/2007 3:17:16 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: Screamname
Basically yes... Just imagine how many languages there are in the entire world - it will stagger you.

As America further adopts the destructive ideology of diversity and multiculturalism - they will find that the courts in big cities in the USA will need to have over a hundred translators on hire just to meet the demand.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

36 posted on 07/22/2007 3:20:59 PM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
I'm sure the defense lawyer thought this one up. "When they ask you something, act like you don't understand English".

If the Judge were more creative, the essential communications could have been made nonverbally. Just bring in a mouse and drop it in a cage with a python. On the mouse, write "You". On the python, write "Bubba".

37 posted on 07/22/2007 3:24:38 PM PDT by Sender (Be subtle! Be subtle! And use your squirrels for every kind of business.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Lets see, the judge drops charges against this child rapist because he can not speak English well enough to maneuver our legal system. For one, native born English language users can not maneuver through our legal system without the assistance of a lawyer to interpret the legal mumbo jumbo passed off as legalese. That being said, this rapist had his charges dropped because he could not speak English and then was interviewed, in English, and had no problem.

This judge, due to her obvious stupidity, ranks right up there with the clueless Canoe Reporter.

38 posted on 07/22/2007 3:28:38 PM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Send them all home.


39 posted on 07/22/2007 3:30:20 PM PDT by WhiteGuy (GOP Congress - 16,000 earmarks costing US $50 billion in 2006 - PAUL2008)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

The next time I rape someone I am going to start talking in tongues. Guaranteed dropping of the charges.

What a great legal system we have


40 posted on 07/22/2007 3:36:50 PM PDT by stm
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

witnesses told police he assaulted the girl multiple times. He spent one night in jail and was released on a $10,000 bond with the restriction that he have no contact with minors.

Prosecutors pointed out that Kanneh attended high school and community college in Montgomery and spoke to detectives in English.

A court-appointed psychiatrist recommended that an interpreter be appointed and judges who handled subsequent hearings heeded that advice.

Loretta E. Knight, the court clerk responsible for finding interpreters, said her office searched exhaustively for a speaker of Vai. She said court officials contacted the Liberian Embassy and courts in all but three states.

The Washington Post reported that it identified three Vai interpreters Thursday with help from the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters, including one in Gaithersburg.

http://tinyurl.com/29nvvq


41 posted on 07/22/2007 3:36:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Screamname

Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian native who received asylum in this country and attended high school and community college here

A court-ordered psychiatrist determined that Kanneh, despite his functional facility with English — he originally spoke with detectives in English,

FOX News spoke with a man who claimed to be Kanneh in a five-minute phone conversation on Sunday in English. He said the allegations against him were false and the dismissal of the charges was “a good thing.” Asked if the accusations were true, he responded, “I said what I had to say” and hung up.

According to witnesses who originally reported the case to authorities, Kanneh allegedly repeatedly raped and sexually molested the girl, a relative. In a statement made by the girl to police, she said she had been told she’d be forced to stay in the apartment unless she had sex with Kanneh.

http://loboslinks.blogspot.com/


42 posted on 07/22/2007 3:39:43 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Knight should be fired at the very least.

She obviously does not know how to do her job.

43 posted on 07/22/2007 3:42:57 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (To love and be wise exceeds men's might....... (I'm just lucky I guess))
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To: expatguy

I totally agree, this invasion is destroying entire neighborhoods. Ann Coulter wrote an article about this. In the past you would have very regulated immigration, people coming through Ellis island and congregating in particular neighborhoods like Little Italy or Chinatown here in New York city. Even where I live now in Sunnyside Queens, it use to be all Irish part German, today it`s a Tower of Babel. Nobody knows what the other person is saying. The problem is our politicians who are selling out the country to foreign invaders. I like Bush, but let`s see how he would react if 200 different nationalities started moving around his ranch.


44 posted on 07/22/2007 3:56:06 PM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Wanna take bets on Loretta Knight’s I.Q.? Bet it is lower than the judge’s, but not by much.Too much P.C. here, and they all look like the buffoons we think they are.


45 posted on 07/22/2007 3:56:27 PM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Hey, I speak “jive” maybe I can help!


46 posted on 07/22/2007 3:59:08 PM PDT by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

More incompetence and stupidity from the cesspool known as Montgomery County, Maryland.


47 posted on 07/22/2007 4:06:45 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

“Mahamu Kanneh, a Liberian native who received asylum in this country and attended high school and community college here..”

Just shows the level of our education. The guy probably was valedictorian.


48 posted on 07/22/2007 4:09:43 PM PDT by 353FMG (America, first, last and always.)
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To: sushiman

Nah...not Kersey! Martin Riggs at 100 yards!
Or the Punisher up close and PERSONAL!


49 posted on 07/22/2007 4:33:12 PM PDT by tajgirvan (Psalm 91)
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English is the official language of Liberia. Children go to school in English and all government business is conducted in English. If this guy were on trial in Liberia, the trial would be conducted in English.
In addition, of course, the suspected rapist went to high school and college in Maryland. It’s just ridiculous to suggest that the suspect does not know enough English to participate in a trial. The judge may be a foolish , ignorant liberal fooled by a clever shyster lawyer’s appeal to PC. Or she may be corrupt:the suspect may have passed her money. In either case, she has probably condemned other innocent children to be raped. Something must be done about judges who refuse to recognize their responsibilities to the communities in which they work.
50 posted on 07/22/2007 5:03:40 PM PDT by Godwin1
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