Dec 132011

A Denver-area sheriff has been sued by a deaf couple who claim deputies failed to provide a sign-language interpreter for 25 days — from the moment the two were approached over an alleged disturbance to the day the man appeared in court on domestic assault charges.

“There were 25 days of his life that he had access to nothing — no information on why he was being held, no information about his case or what was going to happen to him,” attorney Kevin Williams said of his client Timothy Siaki in an interview with The Denver Post.

Siaki and fiancee Kimberlee Moore are alleging that Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not ensuring an interpreter was available during the ordeal.

Siaki does not speak, read, write or read lips and he and Moore communicate by American Sign Language, the suit states.

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– Thanks to NVRC.