January 12, 2011 11:34 AM Subscribe
posted by AugustWest (59 comments total)
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Seeing this article today
about a defendant in a drug trafficking trial who if deaf, mute and without any language skills reminded me of this question from 5 years ago.
One of the answers to that question linked to the Straight Dope which had this question and answer
Certainly, the defendant has the ability to communicate as he allegedly learned learned how to be a drug mule driving cross country to courier coke. If he cannot understand the court proceeding which are all in a language (english) that he does not speak or understand, can he participate in his own defense? Is he able to even stand trial. Some judges have simply said no, go learn American Sign Language (ASL) while confined and come back to my court when you are ready. This defendant does apparently have a way to indicate he wants his lawyer.