Sunday, February 8, 2009

Court: Deaf Man's Right Not Violated

Even though Kendall Lee Kail cannot hear or speak the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled he is not a "person disabled in communication" and not entitled to a sign language interpreter when police pulled him over in 2007.

The St. Paul man was charged with drunken driving. His case was dismissed by a district judge because officers violated his rights because they refused to provide him a interpreter. But prosecutors appealed. Now the state’s highest court says writing notes was enough and overruled the judge.