Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose Discusses Non-English Speakers Excluded From Juries On NPR's Latino USA
Pitt Law Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose spoke today on NPR's Latino USA on the ramifications of excluding non-English speaking jurors from the jury box. Before the 20th century, non-English speaking jurors and interpreters were common in the courtroom.
"Criminal defendants have the most to lose when they are sitting trial," Gonzales Rose says. "They're not having a jury pool that is fairly representative of the community. They are not having the opportunity to be judged by a jury of their peers, which is a fundamental right under the fair cross-section requirement of the Sixth Amendment."