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Bad translation leads to mistrial in NY rape case

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TROY, N.Y. (AP) - It's a court case momentarily lost in translation.

A New York judge this week declared a mistrial in a rape case after learning the accuser's testimony had been improperly translated.

The Troy Record reports ( Saturday that the accuser and defendant Than Soe both speak the same Burmese dialect.

Judge Debra Young made the ruling after a translator hired by Soe's lawyer questioned the prosecution translator's accuracy.

Defense attorney Lucas Mihuta said it was clear the prosecution translator did a "poor job" translating the accuser's testimony Wednesday and Thursday.

He said she may not have had a firm grasp of English.

The 27-year-old Soe is charged with first- and third-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse in the November 2013 assault.

Young rescheduled the case for a September trial.

Information from: The Record,

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