Alabama convicted child killer granted more taxpayer dollars for new interpreter
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) - A callous killer who threw his 4 children to their deaths off a bridge has been granted more of our tax dollars on his defense. Lam Luong, who speaks Vietnamese, filed a claim that he needed a better interpreter.
Ten years ago, this monster methodically threw his four children - Ryan, Hannah, Lindsey and Danny - one by one off the Dauphin Island Bridge. Lam Luong was convicted and sentenced to death, but the American Civil Liberties Union argues the local interpreter, Tam Vo, had "grave deficiencies" at Luong's original trial.
The ACLU wants to hire a new interpreter and listed options for people from Texas to Washington state. Judge Patterson was not buying into the ACLU's argument and said Alabama is "dead-ass broke." He made all the reporters in the room write that exact phrase down.
In spite of this, the court granted Luong's petition and will supply him a $60/hr interpreter - to be paid for with tax dollars.
The ACLU will pay for the interpreter's travel expenses, including airfare, food, and accommodation