Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

By Christina Marinakis (December 21, 2017, 12:10 PM EST) -- To say that America has a complicated relationship with "foreignness" would no doubt be an understatement. After all, the vast majority of us have relatives or ancestors who immigrated to the United States at some point in time. (I, myself, am a first-generation citizen.) Yet, there remains a great deal of political controversy and social tension between Americans and the foreign-born (or even those who merely appear to be foreign-born). It's no surprise that our clients wonder whether jurors' attitudes on these issues might influence their ability to fairly and impartially consider the testimony of foreign witnesses, or whether potential bias...

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