Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Court Rules Non-English Speakers May Serve On Juries

Why let a little thing like an inability to comprehend the English language stop anyone from serving on a jury? As a matter of fact, the Court went so far as to reverse a conviction because a judge excused a Spanish-speaking prospective juror...


(AP) The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning trial courts and lawyers that citizens who don’t speak English have the right to serve on juries.

The court issued the admonition in a ruling that upholds an Albuquerque man’s convictions for murder and other crimes in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend and a subsequent armed robbery and stabbing.

Michael Samora’s appeal argued that his convictions should be reversed because a Bernalillo County judge excused a Spanish-speaking prospective juror who had trouble understanding English.

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Posted By: Chris Carmouche