Friday, March 17, 2006

Did Anti-Immigrant Juror Vote for Death Penalty?

The Habeas Corpus Resource Center has requested that the California Supreme Court ignore afffidavits it filed allegedly from former jurors on behalf of death row inmates who are appealing their death penalties. The confusion is whether one of the HCRC's investigators actually fabricated the affidavits. In one such affidavit, the forewoman of the jury that recommended the death penalty for Christhian Monteroso stated that she had been a member of a group "dedicated to immigration reform. Since the 1980s, it has been hard to avoid the huge numbers of illegal aliens around the country. They are mostly Latinos, and they have a lot of children. That upsets me, because these same illegal aliens who use our public services do not pay taxes." The forewoman allegedly said she had been motivated to "speed the (case) along to avoid the waste of resources on these people."

See: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/17/BAGQAHPS271.DTL

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