Wed, Sep 4, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
California May Allow Noncitizen JurorsDownload audio (MP3)
Governor Jerry Brown is considering a bill that would make California the first state to allow noncitizens who are in the country legally to serve on juries. The state Legislature has already approved Assembly Bill 1401, which would allow any legal immigrant to be called up as a juror. Supporters say that including legal residents would make juries more representative of the U.S. population. But critics say noncitizens shouldn't be able to decide whether U.S. citizens are guilty or not in the court of law.
Host: Michael Krasny
- Bob Wieckowski, assemblyman (D) representing the 25th District
- Rocky Chavez, assemblyman representing the 76th District