Brown vetoes bill to put legal immigrants on juries

October 8, 2013

Jerry BrownGovernor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Monday that would allow legal immigrants to serve on juries. [LA Times]

Had Brown signed Assembly Bill 1401 into law, California would have become the first state in the nation to allow non-citizens on juries.

“Jury service, like voting is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “This bill would permit lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on a jury. I don’t think that’s right.”

Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, who introduced the bill, said he was disappointed the governor vetoed it.

“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, just as they serve in our courts, schools, police department and armed forces,” Wieckowski said.

Brown’s veto followed a week in which he signed two bills into law that expand the rights of non-citizens. Last week, Brown signed bills granting illegal immigrants the right to receive driver’s licenses and shielding arrested non-citizens from federal immigration officials.




  1. Rambunctious says:

    Do you need to show ID to serve on a jury? Hmmmmmmmmm very interesting.

    (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
  2. gdsoaw says:

    According to the LA Times article, the bill was for “legal immigrants” to be allowed on jurys, not “illegal immigrants” as this article states. Important distinction I think…

    (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
  3. the guy paso says:

    This shouldn’t be news, it should have never been considered.

    (10) 12 Total Votes - 11 up - 1 down
  4. Zuma7 says:

    I’m surprised about this….I thought it would of gone the other way.

    ( changing demographics cause a lot of changes in our quality of life)

    (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
  5. aft50s says:

    Who would have translated for them???

    (9) 13 Total Votes - 11 up - 2 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      Yeah… it’s darn near impossible to interpret English into ‘Murkan, especially when you add the southern accent and cracker nasal drawl..

      (-3) 3 Total Votes - 0 up - 3 down
  6. Myself says:

    They wouldn’t show up anyway.
    Its about time he did something right,although its not much.
    Say did anybody see where the illegals would need to take a drivers ed course,read or speak English and take the written and driving tests to get their license.

    (10) 16 Total Votes - 13 up - 3 down
  7. winepapa says:

    WOW!! For once I must agree with the Governors decision to veto the jury service bill. Maybe he will reconsider the two illegal immigrant bill he just signed.

    (12) 14 Total Votes - 13 up - 1 down
  8. ironyman2000 says:

    C’mon, wingnuts, let’s see you disagree with this decision.

    (-10) 20 Total Votes - 5 up - 15 down
    • whatdouno says:

      They can have my turn for jury duty, personally I am tired of getting called every single year. They get all the benefits why not the negatives?

      (-2) 12 Total Votes - 5 up - 7 down
      • Slowerfaster says:

        You don’t care to be a citizen, so I vote to exile you.

        (0) 4 Total Votes - 2 up - 2 down
    • kayaknut says:

      Give them the chance to take a full day off work, in the private sector, without pay, to make, what is it $10?, sitting around all day while judges and lawyers rake in the big bucks

      (2) 8 Total Votes - 5 up - 3 down
    • r0y says:

      So even when everyone is in agreement, you still feel the urge to name-call. Interesting.

      (4) 10 Total Votes - 7 up - 3 down

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