Odd case of Madison man charged with rape, who only speaks rare language, ends with deportation | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it
The case was drawn out because prosecutors and Salinas' lawyers could not find an interpreter who spoke Chatino, a language spoken in south-central Mexico.

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Salinas, 60, had been living in Madison with family members before being charged in July 2008 with raping a child.
He spent almost four years in the Madison County Jail and had four separate trial dates set, before entering a guilty plea on a lesser charge of first-degree sexual abuse in May.
The case was drawn out because prosecutors and Salinas' lawyers could not find an interpreter who spoke Chatino, a language spoken in south-central Mexico.
There are an estimated 23,000 to 40,000 Chatino speakers in the world, most located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Chatino includes seven dialects of the indigenous people living in the villages of south-central Mexico, including Salinas' Santa María Temaxcaltepec.
Alabama law provides for the payment of interpreters for court cases, and the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts has a long list of certified interpreters who can be called upon. Most of the interpreters speak Spanish, but services are also available in Mandarin, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Vietnamese. But not Chatino.