The Wisconsin Supreme Court has thrown out a conviction in a sexual-assault case -- because one of the jurors in the trial wasn't fluent in English.
According to court records, Laotian immigrant Tony Vera was sent a juror questionnaire that included the question: "Can you understand the English language?" Vera checked "no."
That should have automatically disqualified him from jury duty, but documents show his name was accidentally included.
At the trial, lawyers didn't quiz him on the language question, assuming all the potential jurors had checked "yes."
Full (short) article here at KRON.com</a>
A mistake/snafu that I didn't think of as a big deal until I wondered how much taxpayer dollars, which could have been spent on education or health care, were wasted because of this.