Court says removal of non-English spe...

Court says removal of non-English speaking juror violation of Constitution

Posted in the Lucedale Forum

“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#1 Aug 16, 2013
Judges and lawyers have a shared responsibility to ensure that non-Englishspeaking citizens can serve on state juries, the New Mexico Supreme Court stressed in an opinion filed Monday.
The court affirmed the first-degree murder and robbery convictions of Michael Anthony Samora, who bludgeoned his girlfriend to death in 2004. But the court said the dismissal of a Spanish-speaking juror in the case violated the New Mexico Constitution.
Article VII, Section 3 of the state Constitution guarantees that the right to sit on juries "shall never be restricted, abridged or impaired on account of ...(the) inability to speak, read or write the English or Spanish languages."

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#2 Aug 16, 2013
I can see where this stupid rule could cause trials to become very expensive. Interpreters, court stenographers, lawyers, judges, all having to speak Spanish, what a mess.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Lucedale Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
George countian dies in car wreck, others injured (Feb '10) Jun 17 will_get_your_azz 72
Building Permit (Jan '11) Jun 12 Ponderosa1969 10
Car cranking Jun 4 Bullhauler 1
Cost of a Septic Tank in Lucedale (Feb '12) May '16 Kimberly 11
News Photos: People seen at Donald Trump rally in Bi... May '16 AIPAC owns Trump 5
The Times They Are A Changing May '16 busting on homo l... 3
Debate: Gay Marriage - Lucedale, MS (Jul '10) Apr '16 busta_without_the... 221

Lucedale Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Lucedale Mortgages