New Mexico Court Rules Non-English Sp...

New Mexico Court Rules Non-English Speaking Citizens Can Serve On Juries

There are 17 comments on the CBS Local story from Aug 13, 2013, titled New Mexico Court Rules Non-English Speaking Citizens Can Serve On Juries. In it, CBS Local reports that:

The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning the state's trial courts that citizens who don't speak English have the right to serve on juries.

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“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#1 Aug 13, 2013
What a crock of steaming bovine fecal material. I sure as hell don't want anyone who doesn't understand the language serving on ANY jury here and possibly convicting a person due to ignorance of the language or understanding the issues at hand.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#2 Aug 13, 2013
The law is greek to most people anyway so what is the harm?
Jesus

United States

#3 Aug 13, 2013
Que? Me no Ingles.
Baby puncher

United States

#4 Aug 13, 2013
Well, 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.”

Seems like it's in your state Constitution.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#5 Aug 13, 2013
Makes perfect sense. And I am sure they can request a translator as well. Or not.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#6 Aug 13, 2013
Us Citizenship and Immigration services are not as progressive as we are in our state. They do have some age exemptions (50/55) and medical disability exemptions. Qualifying them for the exemptions will get them a test in their native language:
"If you take the test in your native language, you must bring an interpreter with you to your interview.
Your interpreter must be fluent in both English and your native language."
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuit...

“More Brains Than .....”

Since: Sep 11

..a Zombie Thanksgiving

#7 Aug 13, 2013
A jury of my peers would not include someone who can't speak Enlglish.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#8 Aug 13, 2013
Phil the Grillmaster wrote:
A jury of my peers would not include someone who can't speak Enlglish.
Phil, you have no peer.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#9 Aug 13, 2013
I know I wouldn't want to sit as a juror in any trial where I couldn't fully grasp what was being said - as well as the gist of a phrase or phrases. It wouldn't be fair to either party, nor to me.

With respect to NM, Spanglish is quite different than Spanish, Mexican or any other dialect/language/form one wants to define for the spoken word here. I doubt a translator would be very helpful. By no means am I implying people are dumb, just that language, especially local flavors can be extremely hard to fully understand.

My in-laws went to Mexico in 1970 (NM natives) & said they had trouble asking understandable questions and getting understandable answers. They said language was a huge barrier.
I served

Huntsville, AL

#10 Aug 13, 2013
on a jury once where the accused was a Spanish speaker and one of the jurors was bilingual. When we deliberated she insisted that the translator was no good and she knew better. Needless to say we ended up as a hung jury since that person couldn't follow any instructions. Wasted everyone's time for 2 1/2 weeks and the public's money.
Ebonics Bubba

United States

#11 Aug 13, 2013
Yo, Bubba wannabe onna jer jury, dawg, nomesayin?

Wif ebonics spek, aight?

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#12 Aug 14, 2013
Well at least it continues to get us National attention. At least we don't have a deficit of attention. And then there is Breaking Bad which is good for tourism.

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#13 Aug 16, 2013
not even! becoming desperate on finding jurors? What a joke!
TroiPueblo

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Aug 26, 2013
if those people can't understand English, they are not USA Citizens and can't even vote. Keep them off the jury. Druggies, most likely.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#15 Aug 26, 2013
TroiPueblo wrote:
if those people can't understand English, they are not USA Citizens and can't even vote. Keep them off the jury. Druggies, most likely.
What is the official language of the USA?
speaking

Huntsville, AL

#16 Aug 26, 2013
TroiPueblo wrote:
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of druggies...

“Not everything that shines...”

Since: Aug 13

Hatch, NM

#17 Aug 26, 2013
NO,no you mean we are getting into a A 'druggie'language? Dollars go for translators'

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