The Left-wing State of California is getting closer to allowing convicted criminals serve on juries. What could go wrong?
Everyone knows that there isn’t a single guilty person in prison (just ask the inmates), so one has to wonder just how most convicts will vote in a jury!
“From the early release of inmates through AB 109, to filling parole boards with felon friendly commissioners, to decriminalizing a litany of felonies and drug offenses with Props 47 and 57, Sacramento lawmakers are bending over backwards to dramatically reduce the state’s inmate population,” the OC Register reported.
As the paper’s John Phillips wryly noted, Democrats haven’t freed enough felons, so they are “kicking tires on a new approach — rigging the jury system so no one gets convicted in the first place.”
The state legislature has introduced Senate Bill 310, submitted by Berkeley Democrat Sen. Nancy Skinner.
In her press release on the bill, Skinner wrote, “SB310 will help ensure that California juries represent a fair cross-section of our communities…People with felony records have the right to vote in California. There is no legitimate reason why they should be barred from serving on a jury.”
Naturally, Skinner and her ilk claim that juries are all racists, so this is one way the Democrats are trying to mitigate that supposed racism.
Of course, convicts are currently barred from juries because — duh — they have a serious bias against the rule of law. Juries are supposed to make their decisions in an unbiased way, but felons cannot be expected to be unbiased in this instance. But Democrats don’t care about all that.
“Make no mistake, SB310 is not about expanding civil rights for persecuted minorities or reintegrating felons into society — it’s about stacking the deck against prosecutors by making it impossible to win criminal convictions,” Phillips wrote.
California is not the only far left state considering this disastrous idea. New York is, too.
According to the New York Post:
Felons who have completed their full sentencing, parole or supervision periods will be welcomed onto the juror’s bench. There is currently a lifetime ban on felons serving as as jurors.
While Democrats love the idea, Republicans aren’t so sure…
Senator Republican Minority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) blasted the proposal, calling it an addition to the Democrats’ “Criminal Bill of Rights.”
“How could Democrats believe that Judith Clark, a terrorist who killed two police officers and a security guard, would be an impartial juror? Where is the common sense and the respect for those who lost their lives and the families who still grieve?” he fumed.
These are probably some of the worst ideas imaginable.
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