California governor vetoes jury service for non-citizens

SACRAMENTO Mon Oct 7, 2013 6:07pm EDT

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SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill on Monday that would have allowed non-citizen legal immigrants to serve on juries in the most populous U.S. state, saying that such service was an obligation that went along with citizenship.

"This bill would permit lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on a jury," Brown, a Democrat, said in his veto message. "I don't think that's right."

The bill was one of several passed by the California legislature this year as part of a rapid expansion of immigrant rights in the coastal state that has included allowing illegal immigrants to drive legally and practice law.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, likened the rules disqualifying immigrants who are permanent residents from jury service to long-discarded laws that kept blacks and women from serving.

"I don't see anything wrong with imposing this civic obligation on immigrants who can spend the rest of their lives in the United States," Wieckowski, who represents the San Francisco suburb of Fremont, said in a statement on Monday.

"Lawful permanent immigrants are part of the fabric of our communities, and they benefit from the protections of our laws, so it is fair and just that they be asked to share in the obligation to do jury duty," he said.

The bill drew strong opposition from Republicans in the legislature, even those who signed on to other immigration reforms, as well as from some moderate Democrats.

Rocky Chavez, a Republican who represents part of San Diego County, said during debate on the measure that allowing non-citizens on juries could deprive defendants of their right to have their cases decided by a jury of their peers.

"Not everywhere is innocent until proven guilty," Chavez said. "In some countries, it's guilty until proven innocent."

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (7)
t-add wrote:
But it’s ok for them to drive….and it’s ok for boys to pee in the girls bathroom. Disgusting.

Oct 07, 2013 5:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
urall5150 wrote:
The bad news is I voted for Mr Brown.

The good news is at least half of my life is over.

This article doesn’t talk about California becoming a sanctuary state and all the other laws the left wing nuts have promoted and passed recently.

We are not getting the cream of the crop from Mexico with these laws. We are getting the poor and laborers at best. This is not good for the state. If you want to be a do gooder then move to Oakland or South Central and put yourself out there. You won’t do that because helping the black folk is not sexy. Helping the sad puppy dog brown eyed Mexicans is sexy.

How can any black person of average intelligence be a democrat? This influx of between 11 and 30 million people only hurts the blacks who already can’t find work. Instead, the “black leaders” complain about whitey this and whitey that. Complain about your political party selling you out. That includes our President.

Form your own voting block and support people that actually do things for you.

P.S. I am not a rightie and my children are Hispanic so ….nice try

Oct 07, 2013 5:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chekovmerlin wrote:
Finally, at least there is SOME sanity in Sacramento, not much, but some.

Oct 07, 2013 5:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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