09 Sep What Would You Have Done?
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The Judge ordered the interpreter to go assist the Public Defender in presenting an offer to the Defendant. The offer included dropping one of the charges.
The three, Public Defender, interpreter and defendant were sitting in the interview room when the PD’s phone rang. He took the call, and walked a short distance. During that brief moment, the defendant says to the interpreter in a low tone, “Don’t tell anyone, not even my attorney…” and admitted to being one of the members of the gang that had committed the robberies and that he had some cash stashed away at home. By the time the interpreter finished saying “You shouldn’t be talking to me” the deed had been done. The attorney turns around and asks “What were you two talking about in [fill in the language]?” The interpreter found himself in a very uncomfortable spot.
1- Risk the Defendant’s wrath and spill the beans
2- Lie and invent something
3- Say nothing at the moment and inform the judge and PD at the same time