Monday, July 23, 2007

Our Loathsome Legal System

"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.

Prosecutors can't refile the charges but are considering whether to appeal the judge's ruling for the dismissal.

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." (source)

I hope O'Reilly is all over this. I know it's redundant, but I just don't understand a society that protects the rights of a pedophile grown man over a abused 7 year old girl... I hope the ACLU is proud of what thye've accomplished.

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