“They have to consider, it’s a very poor family, working probably, who knows how many hours, and not being able to speak the language, the cultural difference,” says Al Dia publisher Jose Donis. “I understand it from that side.”
Donis says his readers identify with Ivan’s family. He estimates 50,000 people read Al Dia and that 65 percent of them are illegal immigrants.
It is similar to what happened in the community where Bryan Dossantos-Gomes was abducted. He is the baby from Fort Myers Florida, allegedly adbducted last December from his mother at knifepoint. Authorities experienced difficulty communicating with the largely Portuguese speaking population. Early on, they enlisted the assistance of Rev. Israel Suarez, who runs Nations Association Charities. In press conferences he urged more involvement by the public and the parents to help find Bryan Dossantos-Gomes.
It is also may have happened in the kidnapping of Edwin Sanches Gonzalez by his father from North Carolina last year. He remains missing.
Note: Both Edwin’s and Bryan’s name are spelled with multiple variations depending on which sites you visit. What’s in a name?
Washington Post: Kanneh was free on bond while awaiting trial.
Prosecutors in Montgomery County said yesterday that they intend to ask an appellate court to overturn a judge’s dismissal of a case against a Liberian immigrant charged with raping a young girl. The judge had ruled that repeated delays caused by the court’s failure to find an interpreter fluent in the accused man’s native dialect had violated his right to a speedy trial.
Mahamu D. Kanneh was arrested in August 2004 after witnesses told police he raped and repeatedly molested a 7-year-old relative. The case was dismissed last week, nearly three years later, by Circuit Court Judge Katherine D. Savage.
When the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 was signed is this the tough punishment envisioned?
NANCY GRACE, HOST: Tonight, breaking news. He is charged with repeat child molestation on 6 and 1-year-old little girls, but tonight we learn a Maryland judge throws out the cases because the court itself took too long to find an interpreter for the alleged repeat child molester. PS, he may be a Liberian national, but he went to high school and college here in the U.S. in English. Judge Katherine Savage, you are in contempt
In a July 29th article in The Courier-Journal, the columnist raises this issue under this headline. Pam Platt is the public editor of The Courier-Journal.
She then goes on to name the suspect, after stating why they chose not to, and provides background details of the crime. Further details are provided by the Cincinnati Post.
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Update 12-05-07 Sex Offender Charged in Boy’s Death
Cecil Eugene New II, 46, who lived across an alley from the boy’s family, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with murder, Louisville Police spokesman Phil Russell said.
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