Thursday, September 24, 2009

Jailed Without an Interpreter

An Iowa deaf man has settled his legal battle with two Minnesota counties. Latell Cheney sued Martin and Nobles Counties was arrested after an automobile accident, interrogated by police through handwritten notes. Cheney spent six months in jail without access to a sign-language interpreter even though he asked for one. He gets $25,000 from Martin County and $50,000 from Nobles County. In 2007, Chaney was convicted on all charges but his conviction was overturned on appeal.