- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico appellate court has upheld murder and other convictions for a woman who claimed she was denied a fair trial because a court clerk’s policy segregated potential jurors who spoke only Spanish.

A divided Court of Appeals panel’s Sept. 23 ruling in a case from Curry County said the District Court clerk’s policy to sort jurors by language to reduce costs of interpreters violated the need to randomly select jurors.

However, the majority said Guadalupe Flores failed to prove the policy actually resulted in a jury not fair and impartial. A dissenting judge said the jury practice might violate both federal and state constitutions.

According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1uH4rRz ), the 9th Judicial District’s chief executive said the policy isn’t used now and previously was used only briefly.

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