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August 13th, 2013
09:26 PM ET

New Mexico Court ruling: Non-English speakers can be jurors

Tonight, questions are being raised about a person's right to serve on a jury.

New Mexico's Supreme Court just issued an opinion that reminded the state's trial courts and lawyers that citizens who don't speak English – still have the right to be a juror.

The issue was raised after a man convicted of murder appealed his conviction because the judge in the case excused a Spanish-speaking potential juror.

That's raising the question should someone who's not fluent in English – serve on a jury?

OutFront: Radio show host Stephanie Miller, Syndicated radio show host Michael Medved and CNN opinion writer Dean Obeidallah.


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  1. Rosemary

    In your piece about being a juror, you said (and so did your attorney guests) that being a US citizen is a requirement. Actually it s not. I was a " permanent resident " and got summoned for jury duty. I called the courthouse and informed them of my immigration status, and they said that not being a citizen did not excuse me, and that I had to report for duty. I did not have a problem with this, as I had lived in the country for many years, and felt it was my duty to serve. But, as I found out, citizenship is not a requirement. Am surprised that your attorney guests on this topic, were not aware of this. Thanks for listening, really enjoy your show, Rosemary

    August 14, 2013 at 3:09 am | Reply
  2. Where does it end

    What's next requirement of an IQ test. Because you don't speak English doesn't mean you don't understand English!

    August 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply

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