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Should noncitizens be allowed to serve on juries?

May 3, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

“A Jury of One’s Own Peers”

Those words were first penned by the Founding Fathers as they drafted the Constitution and later the Bill of Rights, right?

Wrong, the idea of a trial by a jury composed of fellow citizens dates back to medieval England, with the adoption of the Magna Carta in 1297, when English law formally laid out the concept that defendants in court should be judged by their fellow citizens, not judges.

This tradition of fellow citizens determining a person’s guilt or innocence made its way into the Sixth Amendment, which states, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.”

The federal government and almost every state have similar requirements as to who can serve on a jury: U.S. citizens over the age of 18.

But California might just change that. The state Assembly recently passed a bill that would allow noncitizens to serve on juries. The noncitizens have to be in good legal standing, meaning that they came to this country legally, and are over the age of 18.

The bill’s author, Assemblyman Bob Wiechowski, said that his proposal would ensure an adequate jury pool and that potential jurors would be more representative of the California population. Roughly 2.5 million people in California are legal residents but are not U.S. citizens.

Juries “should reflect our community, and our community is always changing,” Wieckowski said in a Los Angeles Times interview. “It’s time for California to be a leader on this.”

Other supporters of the bill argue that there are no citizenship requirements for judges or attorneys to be citizens, so there should be no correlation between citizenship and whether individuals can serve on a jury. Potential jurors simply must have a command of the English language, they said.

“The reality is the jury is supposed to look like California. It’s supposed to look like the people who are on trial,” said Charles Magill, a criminal defense attorney.

Opponents of the bill argue that it is attempting to fix something that isn’t broken. Assemblywoman Diane Harkey said that there is no need to expand the jury pool, but that there is a need to increase the funding for the courts.

“Jury selection is not the problem. The problem is trial court funding,” Harkey said before the vote. “I hope we can focus on that. Let’s not break something; it’s not broken now. Let’s not whittle away at what is reserved for U.S. citizens. There’s a reason for it.”

Other opponents argue that some noncitizens might not fully understand the importance of serving on a jury if they came from countries where the concepts of innocent until proven guilty and that someone must be proven guilty without a shadow of doubt are not ingrained in the legal system.

Assemblyman Rockey Chavez said he voted no on the bill because defendants should not be judged by jurors who “might not have the same cultural experience.”

The bill now goes to the state Senate. If passed there, Gov. Jerry Brown can sign or veto the bill. The governor has made no comment on the subject.

What do you think?

Should noncitizens who are legal residents be allowed to serve on juries? Would allowing noncitizens to serve on the jury make juries more representative of the population in California? Would allowing noncitizens to serve harm the judicial process if they come from a country that lacks a jury-by-peers system? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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11/28/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
SamuelP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I do not think that noncitizens who are legal residents should be allowed to serve on juries. One reason, as the stated in the Speak Out article by Jeremy Quattlebaum, is that some noncitizens might not fully understand the importance of serving on a jury if they do not understand the system used in our country if they come from other countries. Another reason could be that they do not understand what it means to be an American citizen and what the United States values along with following laws. This can affect how they see a case and let prejudices cloud their judgement. Additionally, there are enough citizens in the United States to serve jury duty that we do not need noncitizens to serve jury duty.

10/2/2015
sidney, Montana
nick
Mr.Faulhaber
Non-citizens who are legal residents should be allowed to serve on juries. Since the legal residents would also have to have good legal standing, and be at least over the age of 18, I see no reason why they should be denied the right to participate on juries. This change could allow more legal citizens to become more engaged and open to the government, at work, around them. It does not matter if they come from another country that lacks a jury-by-peers system that just means that, by passing this bill, we will be opening up to a more diverse and informed point of view

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Jayden
Mr. Hanna stroudsburg junior high school
Noncitizen should not be able to be on juries because they might not know what the law is. Yes because there is a lot of noncitizens in California.yes because the non citizens would probably not know what to do and make a mistake.

3/26/2015
Memphis, TN
Jalen
Mrs.Odom/Highland Oaks Middle School
everybody should vote

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Tessa
Mr. Hanna/SJH
No noncitizens should not be allowed to serve on jury's. Since they are not a citizen then they will not always be looking for the best for us. The citizens would be making decisions for themselves not other people making them for the citizens. If you would like to be able to be in jury's then that is your choice and you should become a citizen. Plus they would be a more effective juror if they are a citizen and understand. Therefore I believe that non citizens should not be able to be on jury's.

10/11/2013
Watertown, MA
Meghan
Rimas
I do not believe that non citizens should be able to serve on a jury. If you are not from this country but decide to make a life here then I believe you should go through the process to become a citizen. People who are not from this country do not fully understand the way the court system works and therefore are unable to make an educated and precise decision.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Raj
Mr.Rimas
Non-citizens should be allowed to serve on juries, because they are as educated as the citizens. Non citizens may not be familiar with the court system, but that shouldn't stop them from serving on jury duty. They can be provided with the instructions and manuals to make them familiar with the system.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Melissa
Rimas, Watertown Highschool
I don't believe non citizens should be allowed to serve on juries. A person who is not a citizen is usually not familiar with our court system. I strongly believe they need to go through the process of citizenship in America before being apart of a jury in a court hearing.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Francesca
Rimas
Non citizens should not be allowed to serve on juries. They do not have all of the other rights that citizens have. If they do not have the right to vote I dont believe they should serve on juries. Also as a citizen on a jury we would hope that people have a little but of knowledge about the U.S legal system. As a non citizen we cannot expect them to know what we would expect citizens to know.

9/27/2013
Watertown,MA
Brianna
Rimas/WHS
Non citizens should not be allowed to serve on juries in the United States. I believe that before a person has the right to serve on a jury should have to be a citizen of the United States. A person needs to have knowledge of the system to be an effective juror.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Arlin
Mr. Rimas
Non citizens should not be allowed to serve on juries because they do not get certain rights like the right to vote that U.S citizens do. If they don't have the right to vote on the leader of the country or certain laws then they shouldn't serve on a jury. For example the people voted on rather medical marijuana should be legal if a non citizen couldn't vote on it and there was a case concerning medical marijuana it wouldn't make sense for someone who couldn't have voted on that law to serve on the jury.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Massachusetts
Sophia
Rimas/Watertown High School
Juries should always be citizens because the juries represent the people. Citizens fully understand the law and whats expected of other fellow citizens so they should be the only people being apart of the jury. If they come from a country that does not do a "jury-by-peers" system they wont fully understand their duty.

9/27/2013
MA
Anet
Rimas
If you are not a citizen you should not be allowed to serve on juries because In order to serve on a Jury you have to be an American Citizen. It is a duty of the American people under the U.S. Constitution, a non citizen does not get that right. Just like the fact where they arent protected by the U.S. government and its laws and regulations until they become a citizen.

9/6/2013
Belleville/NY
Megan
Colby/BHCS
in my opnion i believe that non citixens should not be alowed to serve on our jury because they may have differsnt laws where they are orginally from. If the non citizens are used to different laws then they may not feel the same way as the people that are citizens. also i belive that if the judges have to be citizens then it would only be fair to have ccitizens on the jury as well.

9/6/2013
Belleville/New York
katy
Colby/BHCS
i believe non-citizebs shouldn't be allowed to be on a jury. they may not know the laws of the state they are in. the laws in their country may differ from a lot of the laws here. also, the could have a hard time understanding whats going on. Therefore- they should not be allowed on a jury because it would be unfair.

8/21/2013
Moore, OK
Morgan
Southmoore High School
In my opinion non-us citizens should not be allowed to serve on a jury because it wouldn't be right to those who are u.s. citizens since they were born and raised here. Furthermore, if we allow non- us citizens to serve on juries they may or may not understand what is being said and that creates a problem because it then renders their vote basically unfair.

6/5/2013
Irving/TX
Dennys A.
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe non-citizens should not be allowed to serve on juries because of the fact that each country has different political views and forms of carrying out justice regardless of what some would deem fairly similar. I'd much rather have fellow citizens serving as juries as opposed to foreigners.

6/4/2013
Irving/TX
but nguyen
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-citizens who are legal residents should be allow to serve on juries because they are part of our society. In California's case, allowing non-citizens to serve on juries would allow a better representative of the population of California. The whole point of juries is to have your peers or people who can relate and understand the situation and be the people that helps decide whether you're guilty or innocent. The vast minorities in California can be more well represented if this bill was to be pass. There are always a slight chance that this might actually hurt the judicial process, so in order to prevent this, there should be some sort of requirements that are needed to be pass in order to serve on the juries.

5/31/2013
Irving/TX
Kenia
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
Non-citizens who are legal residents should be allowed to serve on juries. Since the legal residents would also have to have good legal standing, and be at least over the age of 18, I see no reason why they should be denied the right to participate on juries. This change could allow more legal citizens to become more engaged and open to the government, at work, around them. It does not matter if they come from another country that lacks a jury-by-peers system that just means that, by passing this bill, we will be opening up to a more diverse and informed point of view.

5/30/2013
Irving/Tx
Kevin
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that if a legal resident has lived in the United States for a certain amount of years then they should be allowed to be on a jury. I can understand why some people would feel uncomfortable with this but this unease is to an extent unwarranted. There are always proceedings on picking jurors for cases. It would be incredibly quick to ascertain if a candidate can function well enough to be a juror and it is a safe to bet that the general citizen candidate has just as little expertise with the law as any resident who has lived in the U.S. Both citizen and non-citizen would have to have explanations on their actions during trials and actions of the court room. I also believe that it would be more fair to have residents in juries since it really would make a jury of your own peers if the accused is him/herself a resident and not a citizen. I don’t believe that it would make the Justice system any more difficult by allowing legal residents to participate as long as they are held by the same standards as a normal citizen would be during the selection process.

5/30/2013
Irving/Tx
Adrian
Bradley/Nimitz
Residents should be allowed to serve as jurors. What would the difference be if a resident was on the jury instead of a citizen? There is no line in the constitution that mandates that a supreme court justice must be a citizen so there shouldn't be any reason why a resident in good legal standing couldn't serve on a jury. California is filled with many noncitizens so yes, it would make juries more representative of the community if noncitizens were allowed to serve. When your peers are noncitizens, how have you been given your right to a trial with a jury of peers if your peers aren't the people in the jury? It doesn't take much to understand that someone is innocent until proven guilty in the U.S. Therefore, I don't see how it would harm the judicial process if someone comes from a country that doesn't have jury-by-peers system. And, a jury isn't just one person so the chances of everyone on the jury being from a country that lacks such a judicial system is extremely close to none.

5/29/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha N. S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Noncitizens should be allowed to serve on juries if they are in understanding of how the United State's government works and have been here for a good amount of years. This would allow more representation of the Californian population since 2.5 million people in California are noncitizens. You are guaranteed a "jury of your peers" and in California, many of those peers happen to be noncitizens. I don't think this would harm the judicial process since people that have the potential of serving on a jury undergo questioning to test their qualifications.

5/29/2013
Irving/Texas
Timothy Betts
Bradley/Nimitz
It is clear that this country has had a history of immigration. The United States of America was founded by immigrants. Thus, it seems ignorant for us to ignore a large part of our populace. The idea behind a "jury of one's peers" is a check against an unfeeling jury convicting based on a lack of empathy for one's situation. Thus, not only does it not hurt our justice system to allow non-citizens to serve on juries, but it also benefits the justice system greatly. Though it is a bit of an extreme example, the entirely white juries of the old south exemplify why we need to allow non-citizens to serve.

5/29/2013
Irving/TX
Kelly
Bradley/Nimitz
Non citizens should not be allowed to serve on juries because they may not understand or agree with our government. Judges and attorneys have to be citizens, so I believe the jury should too. Also, they need to be able to understand English, and some non citiznes who are not from here may not.

5/28/2013
Irving,Tx
Kelsie
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree that we shouldn't fix something that isn't broken. Noncitizens have different perspectives on issues we have in the U.S. They are not familiar with laws we enforced and cannot fully understand how our government works because they haven't gone through the same experiences Americans have. Having noncitizen would just make our judicial system more difficult and would be complicating something that has nothing wrong with it to begin with.

5/27/2013
Irving/Tx
Tasia
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that non-citizens who are legal residents should be allowed to serve on juries with certain requirements. They should at least know the main laws and how the United States government works, because it wouldn't make sense to put them on a jury and their verdict is an unfair one for the crime. I can see how allowing non-citizens to serve on the jury could harm our judicial process, because the United States government differs a whole lot from other countries. In a lot of other countries their punishments are more severe.

5/25/2013
Montgomery, TX
Haley
Montgomery High school
"Should non citizens be allowed to serve on juries?" My belief is, noncitizens should not be allowed to serve on a jury. By noncitizens serving on a jury they would have a different view point on the guilt/innocent and punishment phases of the trial. For example, if noncitizens from a different country were involved in a trial those individuals would not be familiar with that countries culture or code of ethics. Like the article states it would not be fair for a defendant to be criticized/judged by a "judge" rather than their fellow citizens. If we were to allow this to happen it would be an "impartial jury" meaning they would have to have prior knowledge or preconceived notions about the innocence/guilt of a defendant, and with them not having such knowledge it leads up to the major issue; which is breaking the sixth amendment.

5/24/2013
Irving/Texas
Yeny
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-Citizen should be allowed in juries because they are legal residents and are not breaking any law by being legal residents of the U.S. Now if they were illegal residents and allowed to be on juries than that should be a strong reason to argue the topic. Just by not knowing the importance of serving in a jury is not a strong reason. People can always go and find information on the importance of serving in a jury and then later be in a jury. People serving on juries from other countries shouldn't be an issue, law are laws and they might change from country to country but mostly everything regarding laws is the same.

5/23/2013
Irving/TX
Emina
Bradley/Nimitz
Non citizens should be allowed to serve on juries because the country is changing and is always going to be holding trials. What makes citizens any more educated and informed about the United States government than the non citizens that live here. Nothing. Most non citizens are informed with the news and current events just as much as any citizen whom has been in America his/her whole life. California is a country of mixed citizens and non citizens and the jury should be a mixed population. It would not harm the judicial process because you would still have plenty of citizens there to help with the jury. "Innocent until proven guilty" is not a foreign concept and isn't hard to understand. California should accept the change and show how America is a friendly country and we aren't just here to keep everyone out. We need to accept immigrants and non citizens view points and teach them about our government.

5/23/2013
Irving/Texas
Alan
Bradley/Nimitz
Noncitizens who are legal residents should be allowed to serve on juries depending on how long thy have lived here and what they have done. Allowing them to serve on jury would make juries more representative of the population in certain states, like California. Allowing them could harm the judicial process if they do come from a country that lacks a jury-by-peer system, but that is why a requirement should be set for years. It would allow them to see how the system works and to adapt to it.

5/23/2013
Irving/Tx
Elyssa
Bradley/Nimitz
Non citizens should be allowed to serve on juries because a jury is a group of your peers and non citizens are part of your community. People who are chosen to be on the jury should be part of the community and know the government. They need to be informed on what is happening in their government. Part of the population in California is non citizen and they should be allowed to know whats happening and have a say in whats happening in their community. I think that non citizens have as much right to join in on the jury just as they can get put in court. Joining a jury-by-peers should let these non citizens become active in their community and become informed of how our government works.

5/23/2013
Irving/ Texas
Yessica
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
Non-citizens who are legally living in the United States should have the right to serve on juries, it would give the courts a standard view of the population's ideas. Since most of the population in California are non-citizens but legal resident they should have a say in the community and the decisions being made in their courts. If they lack the knowledge of the courts, they can speak up and refuse to become a part of the jury, or the government can share booklets etc to help them. America is known for its people, it's time to give legal residents the right to be a part of a jury.

5/22/2013
Irving/Texas
Grace
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-Citizen members should be allowed to serve on jury because as it is stated in the text, the country is always changing. More and more people come to the United states from all over the world. California is a popular state that many people wish to visit or live. Allowing non-citizens serve on jury will help provide more representation. If a non-citizen were to serve on jury and lacks a jury-by-peers system, then he or she can be turned away at the first step. He or she does not have to serve on the actual jury, but being allowed to participate in the steps leading up to being picked and also getting summons is a way to tell them that they matter; and if the non-citizens have the qualifications to serve on jury, then by all means, they should be allowed to serve.

5/22/2013
Irving/Texas
April S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-citizens should be allowed to serve on juries. Often times they are just as educated as the people who are citizens. Several citizens don't understand laws properly or have a lot of knowledge of many topics. Allowing non-citizens to serve on California's jury does not represent the population any differently than if citizens are on the jury because they are a part of the same population. Having a non-citizen jury could hurt the judicial process if they don't fully understand how out system works. You never know unless you try.

5/22/2013
Irving/Texas
Misael
Bradley/Nimitz
Non citizens should not without a doubt be able to be part of a jury of a citizen of the United States of America. A non citizen is unable to fully comprehend that someone from this country is only guilty if there is not a shadow of a doubt that they are guilty. Having non citizens part of the jury system would not be more representational because mostly citizens and not non citezens stand in front of a court. Having someone from a different country where the legal system is different would be a detriment to the legal system that we have currently in place.

5/21/2013
Irving/Texas
Zachery
Bradley/Nimitz
I think what California is trying to do is a good thing as long as that person speaks English and is of legal residence of the United States. Allowing non-citizens of the U.S. would help have more representation for the population in California, especially if they are apart of the same culture. However if the person has no idea of our jury-by-peers, then they shouldn't be able to participate as on the jury whatsoever, unless they understand how our legal system works.

5/20/2013
Irving/Texas
April K.
Bradley/Nimitz
Noncitizens who are legal residents should not be allowed to serve on juries. Even if the noncitizens would be able to increase the representation to the population of California, it would not be by that much. Sure, 2.5 million is a big number for the all the noncitizen, legal residents, but they only make up about 6.6% of California's total population. Allowing the noncitizens to serve would harm the judicial process if they were from another country that lacks a jury-by-peers system. People in the jury need to be educated and familiar to the U.S. system. The U.S. System is here for the people of U.S., specifically the citizens. If people are not citizens then they are not guaranteed the rights, in the same way that they do not get the privilege to vote. If they allow the legal, noncitizens the right to be on a jury then soon, in the same way they could be allowed that they should be allowed to also run for government offices in order to “represent more the population.”

5/20/2013
Irving/TX
Gabe
Bradley/Nimitz
I agree with Charles Magill in that a jury should look like the person who is on trial, but Diana Harkey has a point in saying that this bill might break a system that is already running properly. With the addition of noncitizens on juries, there is a larger risk that they might not fully understand the importance of a jury-by-peers. I believe that the risk of this bill would be much larger than the reward.

5/17/2013
Irving, TX
TJ Wright
Bradley/ Nimitz High School
I believe it would be a great idea to allow noncitizens to be allowed in California's juries. It gives different opinions on the case allowing a more fair trial. Having just the U.S. born citizens is not a problem, but allowing other citizens from other countries who are legally here would only help the judicial process. Once a citizen they are under our "innocent until proven guilty" law, making them viable sources in different opinions on a jury. Also, for California, it does increase the representation of that population because 2.5 million people are affected by this. California should adopt this bill help and expand our judicial system.

5/16/2013
Irving/Tx
Crystal
Bradley/Nimitz
As a free country, not everything may be free to those who stand on American's soil. Being on the jury may not be that important to most people, but when it comes to a non citizen, people will pay more attention and try to enforce a law against immigrants on the jury. I don't agree with it, because we don't know how influence they are living in our country. Coming over here with a card or not, they must know our country's law and custom before voicing their opinion and beliefs on the jury.

5/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Cody
Bradley/Nimitz
Noncitizens should not be allowed to serve on juries. Growing up in America, we are taught how the government works, our responsibilities, and how jury duty works. If we allow someone who is not a citizen to decide a citizen's fate, then we have failed that person as an American. Every American has certain rights and deserves to have fellow citizens to represent them on the jury.

5/16/2013
Irving/Texas
Monica A.
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-citizens shouldn't be allowed to serve on juries. Serving on the jury is something reserved for US citizens. Non-citizens would be able to better represent the population of California. Non-citizens wouldn't "harm" the judicial process, but the could influence it a bad way.

5/15/2013
Irving/Texas
Jessica W.
Bradley/Nimitz
while I see the point being made that allowing non-citizens would better represent California, I do not think they should be allowed to be on the juries. I think that it would cause tension because as stated in the article, non-citizens might not have the same cultural experience and may not fully appreciate the fact that we give Americans the right to have fellow citizens represent them on a jury.

5/13/2013
Irving/Tx
Joshua B
Bradley/Nimitz
Non citizens should not be able to serve on a jury because the courts were build on citizens rights and if somebody that's not a citizen tells you that your wrong well they are wrong to for being illegal

5/10/2013
Irving/Texas
Maddie
Bradley/Nimitz
Although I believe that Wiechowski has a point about true representation, noncitizens shouldn't be allowed to be on juries. There is a long process to become a U.S. citizen and you must prove your knowledge of the country. Just because someone is a resident, doesn't mean they know the ins and outs like a citizen since birth. Citizens are taught through school how the government operates and noncitizens simply don't understand the severity and importance of our jury-by-peers system.

5/10/2013
Irving/Texas
Giancarlo
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-citizens should not be allowed to serve on a jury. The privilege to be on a jury is of the citizens. The people of America do not know where these foreigners may have come from. Their political system may be totally different than our system. It would show a fair jury by having all of this diversity shown. Nevertheless, the background of these people will affect our political system in a positive or negative way.

5/9/2013
Irving/Texas
Leslie
Bradley /Nimitz
From the point of view of many people over this issue citizens or residents should be able to be part of the jury. Because any resident that will want to be part of this event will be positive about any issue. Because people that are residents know what happens in there community and are people that may know English. Having non-citizens be as jurors nothing will happen meaning they know that they are being part of something serious they have to take it seriously. They will maybe lack a little but not a lot that could cause something bad. But in the end no matter how much we see this issue revolve non-citizens will not be able to take part of the jury because they are not citizens. Unless they make changes and have non-citizens take part of this interesting opportunity.

5/9/2013
Irving/Texas
Darian
Bradley/Nimitz
Non-citizens shouldn't be able to serve on juries. They could come from a country that has way different rules and regulations than ours. Making their say on juries unreliable. Allowing them to serve on juries could mess up the judicial process's and that's something Americans do not want

5/7/2013
Irving/Texas
Samantha S
Bradley/Nimitz
This topic is so annoying. Any one with good ententions who is trying to serve our country by taking part in a jury should be allowed to. but if the goverment feels like its right to tell people to wait 7 - 9 years until they are citizens, then they should do so. its not a huge problem and people just have to deal with it. who would want to take part in boring jury any wyas. ..

5/7/2013
Irving/Texas
Wesley
Bradley/Nimitz
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the phrase “A Jury of One’s Own Peers. Clearly, being sentenced by the people around you is much more desirable than being sentenced by a distant king who lives across an ocean and who is in complete ignorance on your exact situation. Nevertheless, the very first sentence of the preamble of the Constitution starts with an even more important phrase: “We the people of the United States.” The Constitution is only designed to protect the people of America, and anyone who lies outside that distinct category of an American citizen has zero rights guaranteed to them. Now, of course, there are agreements between countries and there are procedures to grant temporary access and rights while staying in our country, but our Constitution does not protect these outsiders. Thus, should noncitiziens be allowed to serve on juries? I am audaciously inclined to say, “Negative, Ghostrider.” Although they may have temporary legal access to the U.S., they are not officially citizens and therefore should be entirely excluded from the “total population.” In our government, they should have zero voice , zero representation, and zero influence on our judicial system. Thus, even though a noncitizen may be classified as a peer, allowing them to be jurors would be granting them the right to participate in our beloved Republic. In the end, the Constitution only covers American citizens, not simply people living on American soil.

5/7/2013
Irving/Texas
Helen
Bradley/Nimitz
The law says that we have the right to a "Jury of One's Own Peers." With the ever changing demographics of our nation, our juries should be representative of this fact. Legal residence is enough for a person to know of the hardships of living in a specific country and therefor judge fairly on the circumstances presented in each case. Citizenship is not required to be a judge, so why should it be required to be in a jury?

5/6/2013
Rudyard, MT
Dono
Mrs.Campbell. Northstar
I dont think its a good idea to put a noncitizens to serve as a jurier. Its not safe for us to do that. In the law it should say " you have to be a citizen of the US for 7 to 9 years then you can be on the jury. I agree with Aron from Rudyard MT. So i think to the noncitizen, live in the US for 7 to 9 year then we talk about letting you on the jury .

5/5/2013
Rudyard Montana
Aron
Mrs. Campbell North Star High school
Noncitizens who are legal residents should not be allowed to serve on juries. The saying jury of one's own peers means that it is someone equal peer. For someone on trial it means that they could potetially be imprisoned. So the one who decides this should be someone who is a US citizen, pays their taxes, and is a upstanding member of our society. Not someone living here and isnt even a US citizen. Yes not letting noncitizens serve on the jury will make it more representative those who are citizens will be equal to the one on trial and can make a fair decision. Again yes letting a noncitizen serve on a jury could harm the jduicial process especially if they come from a country that lacks a jury-by-peers. They would have no understanding what they should be deciding, and could ruin an innocent persons life. So yes I beilve that noncitizens should not be allowed to serve in jury pools.

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