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Mr. Kamiyama on several occasions, Mr. Flumenbaum objected to any procedures which might have remedied the situation.
The Translation of Mr. Kamiyama's
In response to Mr. Kamiyama's Motion to Dismiss the Indictment, the Government stated that it would not object to the use of a court-appointed "independent" Japanese translator to resolve issues pertaining to the disputed portions of Mr. Mochizuki's interpretation. Mr. Flumenbaum noted that it was "not the intention of the Government to prosecute Mr. Kamiyama for something which he, in fact, did not say. ..." Affidavit of Martin Flumenbaum, January 1982 (A. 555). Ms. Kosaka's subsequent translation of Mr. Kamiyama's testimony revealed that Mr. Mochizuki's interpretation contained numerous errors, omissions and deletions. 9 Thus, following a discussion of these mistakes during the hearing on Mr. Kamiyama's Motion to Dismiss the Indictment, the prosecutor agreed that the court-appointed translator's version of Mr. Kamiyama's testimony "would be put in the part (sic) as the
Government's case on the perjury count." 307 Ms. Kosaka's translation, however, was never presented to the jury as agreed.
Despite Mr. Flumenbaum's representation to the Court that he would accept the Kosaka translation as the basis for the presentation of the false swearing counts to the trial jury, Mr. Lawler's effort at the end of the trial to have the court-appointed translator's reconstruction considered by the jury, was opposed by the prosecution:
MR. FLUMENBAUM: My understanding of that
THE COURT: All that is correct. But then I went a further step and said what are you going to do at trial? ... I asked you whether you agreed
THE COURT: But I am still asking you what are we going to do with the official court translator's translation? Is either side going to use it, and if so, how?
MR. LAWLER: We have indicated that for the purposes of this motion, we are prepared to accept that translation. ... I guess my interpretation was that by agreeing for purposes of this motion that I was also agreeing that that would be the translation which would be put in the part as the Government's case on the perjury count.
THE COURT: Do you agree with that?
MR. FLUMENBAUM: That's right, your Honor. P. 302-303. (Emphasis added.)
with that, and you said that's right but you didn't
MR. FLUMENBAUM: There certainly would not be
T. 6091. Shortly thereafter, another prosecution attorney, Ms. Jo Ann Harris ("Ms. Harris"), also objected to the use
of Ms. Kosaka's translation:
MS. HARRIS: Your Honor, at this point we
Mr. Kamiyama's attorney subsequently reiterated his request that the more accurate translation be placed before the jury:
MR. LAWLER: I want the more accurate translation before this jury. The whole purpose of the court-appointed translator and the subject
See, note 35, supra.
of the proposed hearing was to get the most
THE COURT: If we get to the point of giving
After Mr. Flumenbaum objected to including Ms. Kosaka's translation with the indictment that would go to the jury, Mr. Kamiyama's attorney asked the Court how it would instruct the jury on the question of the court-authorized translation:
THE COURT: I am going to tell them how it came to exist and why it exists and the fact that it is available to look at if they wish to.
Subsequently in his instructions to the jury on Count Ten, Judge Goettel read directly from the superseding indictment, omitting those questions and answers which would have explained other statements made by Mr. Kamiyama. 20 As discussed earlier, in his instructions to the jury, Judge
so E.g., that Mr. Kamiyama did not personally prepare all of Reverend Moon's checks himself. (T. 6621-6623.) Judge Goettel also read Mr. Flumenbaum's question: "Did you prepare all the checks," rather than Ms. Kosaka's correct translation: "... you wrote out everything in other portions so that Reverend Moon can sign. ..." See discussion infra at Section C.
Goettel stated that the official translation by the Court was more accurate because of the ability of the translator to study the transcript rather than rendering a "simultaneous" interpretation immediately before the jury. He further pointed out, however, that the interpretation prepared during the Grand Jury hearings was better than that of the court-appointed translator, because the interpreter could hear words that were not audible on the tape reviewed by the court-appointed translator. Judge Goettel thus concluded by stating:
The court translation is available and should you
T. 6543. (Emphasis added.) The jury, as recommended by the Court, did not request a copy of Ms. Kosaka's translation.
The Government's Intentional Use of a
The difficulties posed by the misinterpretation of Mr. Kamiyama's Grand Jury testimony were compounded by Mr. Flumenbaum's simultaneous use of different Grand Juries. While an accurate word-for-word translation of a witness' testimony is critical in a perjury prosecution, the witness' appearance before the Grand Jury is also critical to the extent that it allows the Grand Jury to make a reasoned