October 4, 2011
Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Claudia Mendez Porter is read her oath before translating for a defendant serving in jail during a recent hearing at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Budgetary concerns have court officials concerned over the high costs of interpreter services, which are guaranteed by the Constitution. Gwinnett interpreters say, meanwhile, that recent state laws and the activation of the 287(g) program are drying up their client base.
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LAWRENCEVILLE -- In August 2009, Duluth police arrested a 27-year-old man they believed wouldn't take no for an answer from a girl too young to hold a driver's license. The girl said "no," and "stop," but his touching persisted, so the charges went.