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Sacramento Bee Op-ed on Legal Immigrants as Jurors

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, May 16, 2013

UC Irvine law dean Erwin Chemerinsky and I published an op-ed in yesterday's Sacramento Bee. Titled "Expanding eligibility for jurors would democratize jury room," the piece voices our support for AB 1401, legislation that proposes allowing legal immigrants to serve on juries.

Here's an excerpt: "The legally enshrined ideal, and constitutional requirement, is for American juries to be pulled from a cross-section of the community. Immigrants unquestionably are part of communities throughout California. Some counties, including but not limited to Los Angeles (18.6 percent), Orange (15.3 percent), and San Francisco (14.7 percent), have large immigrant populations. These residents pay taxes and live and work in the community and serve in the military; many have children who are United States citizens. Immigrants are subject to the laws just like U.S. citizens, but play no role in resolving legal disputes."

To read the op-ed in its entirety, visit