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Susan Mather, an associate professor of linguistics and interpretation, and Robert Mather, a federal disability rights attorney, examine the use of interpreters for deaf jurors during trials. They reveal the courts' gross misunderstandings of the important differences between ASL and Signed English. Sara S. Geer, an attorney at the National Association of the Deaf for 20 years, explains how the difficulty in understanding legal terminology in federal law is compounded for deaf people in every ordinary act, including applying for credit cards and filling out medical consent forms.
Language and the Law in Deaf Communities concludes with a chapter by George Castelle, Chief Public Defender in Charleston, West Virginia. Although he has no special knowledge about the legal problems of deaf people, Castelle offers another perspective based upon his extensive experience in practicing and teaching law.
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|The Language Problems of Minorities in the Legal Setting||1|
|Trampling Miranda: Interrogating Deaf Suspects||21|
|Court Interpreting for Signing Jurors: Just Transmitting or Interpreting?||60|
|When "Equal" Means "Unequal" - And Other Legal Conundrums for the Deaf Community||82|
|Misunderstanding, Wrongful Convictions, and Deaf People||168|