29. 06. 12. - 16:49
Justice dumb as speechless woman fined for slander
A woman officially registered as dumb by medics has made legal history by being found guilty of slander after her former in-laws claimed she'd insulted them in public in a Vienna street.
Gerlinde Bica- Taschner - who cannot talk and communicates with sign language - is planning to appeal the 20,000 Euro trial costs awarded against her by judges.
Her former in-laws claimed they'd been able to identify swear words from grunts and sounds she'd made during a confrontation over a child custody battle with her former husband.
But her lawyer Helmut Graupner said: "Today justice is dead. How can a woman who cannot speak be accused of slander?"