Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Interpreters in Sexual Abuse Trial

Interpreters will fill the courtroom during a Sioux Falls, South Dakota trial. Administrators from the South Dakota School for the Deaf are being suing by former students. They allege the administrators didn’t take action to stop sexual abuse at the school. The plaintiffs have their own sign language interpreters, the defendants have their own interpreters and the court has decided to fly a couple of them in from out-of-state for the judge. He didn’t want to use local terps with ties to the case. Even though Minnehaha County has paid for interpreters in past cases, commissioners say they shouldn’t have to pay this time. That’s because the bill is expected to top $20,000 just for the court’s interpreters. The trial is expected to start today and run for a couple of weeks.