Spanish-Speaking Minorities Favor Judges Over Juries, Study Shows

It is a well-known fact that when facing a trial many Americans prefer to be judged by a jury of their peers. But what about people, who came here from other countries? Who speak other languages? What about those, whose cultural baggage is very different from that of America’s mainstream?

The study “Preferences for Juries Over Judges Across Racial and Ethnic Groups” focused on the premise that Hispanics, and minorities in general, express less trust in the legal system, and, therefore, are likely to trust juries less than non-Hispanic whites.

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As it turned out, the respondents, who took the survey in Spanish, stated that they preferred a judge to make legal decisions.

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