Copenhagen: Police Use Google Translate "Mistake" in Interrogation

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    We need this law here!

    Breitbart: Police use of Google Translate 'mistake'

    Thorkild Hoyer, the lawyer representing the 50-year-old man, said the mistranslation violates a [Danish] law barring police from giving misinformation during questioning.
     
  2. I thought this story was more interesting than anything else. I use Google Translate in my work as a literary translator on a daily basis, and sometimes it is my ace in the hole. Other times it gives me a whole spread of word options that I have to think about and choose from. And sometimes it's way out in left field, and I have to go elsewhere to find the right translation. It's a great tool, but I hope word gets around to police everywhere that it's no substitute for a professional interpreter. Just like Google Maps for home raids -- don't put someone's life or livelihood in jeopardy without triple checking what Google gives you.

     
  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Imagine how different the U.S. would be if we had such a law.

    Imagine how much more trust and respect police would engender, if they didn't routinely lie to mundanes.
     
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  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The nine whores in black robes have already ruled on this, and would overturn any laws requiring cops to tell the truth during official business.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Specific citation?

    Have they actually overturned a law requiring law enforcement officials to be honest, or did they merely rule that mendacity was acceptable in the absence of laws requiring honesty?
     
  6. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    They ruled lying to suspects and the public was all right, didn't even mention the presence of laws. You would think perjury would cover this, but when was the last time a cop was convicted for that, aside from filing a false report?

    And I doubt that laws would make a difference anyway. Given the current cop culture, cops will continue to lie, as it has been show that they won't really get punished.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Specific citation, Frank! Cough it up, or we'll have CW set up the stocks in the town square. :D

    Perjury involves lying under oath, different from misleading a suspect during an interrogation, which is what the Danish example was about.
     
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The landmark decision regulating false statements made to a suspect is the U.S. Supreme Court case of Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731, 1969. The case involved the interrogation of a homicide suspect who was falsely told that an accomplice had already implicated the suspect in the killing. This lie persuaded the suspect to confess to the homicide. The Supreme Court ruled that such use of trickery and deceit can be permissible (depending on the totality of circumstances) provided that it does not shock the conscience of the court or community.
     

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