California may let non-citizens serve on juries

California may let non-citizens serve on juries

[trib_ndn vid=25127154]SAN DIEGO — California could soon become the first state in the nation to give non-citizens the right to serve on jurors.

Assembly Bill 1401 would allow legal non-permanent residents the right to serve on a jury.

Under current law, only U.S. citizens can serve on juries, but many immigration rights advocates believe those who live in the United States legally but are not citizens should also have that right.

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 8.07.21 PMThere are people who’ve been in the United States for many, many years and for one reason or another have chosen or cannot become U.S. citizens, but feel part of their communities,” said immigration rights advocate Pedro Rios.

It’s why he and others are calling on California Governor Jerry Brown to sign the bill, but republicans who unanimously voted against the bill, claim non-citizens aren’t familiar enough with the American legal system and its values to serve in…

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