Court says removal of non-English speaking juror violation of Constitution
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Since: Sep 09
#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
#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.
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