[JURIST] The Supreme Court of New Mexico [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that non-English speaking citizens can serve on juries. The ruling arose from a criminal case involving a defendant convicted of murder who appealed his conviction in part because the district court dismissed a prospective juror who was Spanish-speaking and had difficulty understanding English. While the Supreme Court noted that the juror's dismissal violated Article VII, Section 3 of the New Mexico Constitution, the conviction cannot be reversed...

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