Shock: ICE to deport accused child rapist released when court couldn’t find interpreter

posted at 6:49 pm on September 20, 2007 by Allahpundit

It’s Mahamu Kanneh, whom you’ll recall was accused of repeatedly molesting a little girl but sprung by a moronic Maryland judge on speedy-trial grounds when she couldn’t find an interpreter who spoke his native language — even though an interpreter was allegedly standing by and ready for trial. The appeal of that decision is still pending, but ICE, for once doing its job, isn’t waiting around.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior attorney Christopher R. Coxe said the agency will seek to deport Mahamu Kanneh, who was in the United States legally after being granted refugee status as a teenager, regardless of the disposition of the rape case, which is under appeal. Kanneh was arrested in 2004 on charges of raping a 7-year-old relative and abusing another child…

U.S. Immigration Judge Elizabeth A. Kessler said immigration officials revoked Kanneh’s refugee status last month. The charging document used to detain Kanneh accuses him of entering the country without inspection, but officials provided few details about his entry and refugee status. Refugees typically are able to become permanent residents and U.S. citizens.

Immigration experts said that the government routinely revokes the refugee statuses of people convicted of felonies but that it is unusual to place refugees in deportation proceedings absent a conviction…

Kanneh traveled to Philadelphia shortly after the criminal charges were dropped but was soon arrested by U.S. marshals for failing to appear at a hearing in Rockville, where the state was seeking to reinstate his bond in the rape case. Kanneh was returned to Montgomery, where a judge reinstated bond but released him. Kanneh was taken into the immigration agency’s custody Aug. 28.

This is the same issue that came up in the Carranza case when the judge granted bail inexplicably on an assault charge while Carranza was still awaiting trial for rape. ICE could have stepped in at that point and issued an immigration hold to get him off the street but because he wasn’t in their system they didn’t know he was out there. Result (allegedly): three dead college kids in Newark. They’re obviously not taking chances on the same thing happening with Kanneh. It’s worth remembering, too, just to give you a sense of the insanity on the other side of this issue, that even such otherwise sober characters as Kirsten Powers objected to the idea of an immigration hold on Carranza as a saving measure on the theory that if he was deported to Peru instead of jailed, he’d still be free to terrorize Peruvians instead of Americans. Maybe, maybe not — Lima P.D. could have dealt with him as they saw fit — but since he wasn’t in the United States legally he’s Peru’s problem to begin with. Exit question: Why should American kids have to play “the running man” with some cretin who’s not supposed to even be here?


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Gee I wonder if O’reilly will talk about this.

JayHaw Phrenzie on September 20, 2007 at 6:50 PM

Maybe Canada will take him?

Theworldisnotenough on September 20, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Ship him out.

StephC on September 20, 2007 at 7:00 PM

What? I’m shocked … truly. I wonder how much cash he’ll receive from sympathetic lefties, not to mention leftist lawyers flocking to his aid.

darwin on September 20, 2007 at 7:12 PM

Halellujah!

omnipotent on September 20, 2007 at 7:12 PM

…and ACLU lawyers converge on the scene in 3…2…1…

NTWR on September 20, 2007 at 7:16 PM

Deport him nothing! Throw him into the general population of any U.S. prison and time out just how long he lasts when the word gets out that he’s a child rapist.

pilamaye on September 20, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Why should American kids have to play “the running man” with some cretin who’s not supposed to even be here?

Because the ultra libs/cons aren’t making use of their gray matter.

Entelechy on September 20, 2007 at 7:24 PM

Ultra libs have gray matter? Who’d a thunk it?

trigon on September 20, 2007 at 7:34 PM

Deport him nothing! Throw him into the general population of any U.S. prison and time out just how long he lasts when the word gets out that he’s a child rapist.

pilamaye on September 20, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Yep. Hold him, convict him, then deport him, if he survives doing his time.

IrishEyes on September 20, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Wait till the ACLU gets wind of this

Kini on September 20, 2007 at 7:37 PM

I am surprised. I wonder how long he’ll stay away from the U.S.

4shoes on September 20, 2007 at 10:11 PM

I don’t want to pay for his prison time. Air drop his butt back home – with or without a parachute.

deepdiver on September 20, 2007 at 10:25 PM

Yep. Hold him, convict him, then deport him, if he survives doing his time.

IrishEyes on September 20, 2007 at 7:36 PM

Agreed, because frankly I don’t want any Peruvian kids having to deal with this (no word good enough) either.

- The Cat

MirCat on September 20, 2007 at 10:41 PM

I don’t want to pay for his prison time. Air drop his butt back home – with or without a parachute.

deepdiver on September 20, 2007 at 10:25 PM

I vote for: without

Tennessee Dave on September 21, 2007 at 9:13 AM

A good start, but we really need to deport the judge!

landlines on September 21, 2007 at 9:18 AM

Ditto.

Jaibones on September 21, 2007 at 9:30 AM

They may deport him, but he will be the first to travel on the NAFTA Superhighway. There will be a ticker tape parade and a party to welcome him to the former United States of America.

Christine on September 21, 2007 at 12:12 PM