Passerby was mistakenly used as translator in Esar Met murder case

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  • ksampow Farr West, Utah
    Dec. 12, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    This case is one example of why there is an English-only movement. I do not agree with "English-only" but if you come here without learning English you have no right to complain about errors when someone tries to interpret for you.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Dec. 12, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    It's not so much that he will get away scot-free as it is that he will get away without paying the penalty he deserves. While the current evidence will overwhelmingly garner his conviction, he will spend the rest of his days in the relative comfort of Utah State Prison's Special Services Dormitory - a bunk-bed style community where other sex-offenders are treated (because even in the prison system, "regular" criminals will not tolerate child abusers).

    He WILL "get away," however, not just because of the procedural problems but because he “struggles to understand the court process.” No court process is needed for him understand that what he did to that terrified little girl was unconscionably satanic. Even in Myanmar, the raping and murdering of children is generally frowned upon. If he were there, I think he would probably be given more than just prison time.

    But in this country, we’re “civilized” and hung up more on political procedure than actual circumstances. So, yeah, he’ll get away - and thank you very much, John Q. Public, for your continued support of his new, cushy accommodations.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    I disagree with "midvale guy". The fact that they found the victim's body in this guy's basement is still enough strong evidence to convict him... even without the specific police interview using this translator... that may or may not get thrown out.

  • midvale guy MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    This guy is definitely going to get away with it due to this total lapse in procedure.