Should trials in The Bronx be held in Spanish?

In The Bronx, juries are harder to fill due to a requirement that members speak English — even when all other parties involved speak Spanish.

The Bronx’s jury shortage has a relatively simple fix. If New York courts are brave enough to try it, the solution would speed up trials, make verdicts more accurate, and save taxpayers more than $4 million a year. So what is it? Trials in Spanish.

Jodi Morales, an attorney with The Bronx Defenders — a public defense organization, says there’s no legal reason why court proceedings…

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Reporter & fiction writer; series editor, Writing Through the Classics; short story editor for hire; sponsor more writing here: buymeacoffee.com/terenabell