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Conrad Murray Jury

Language Barrier in Jury Room?

11/9/2011 9:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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English was not the only language used in the jury deliberation room in Conrad Murray's case ... this according to a relative of one of the jurors ... and there may have been a language barrier in the juror room.

We're told at least 2 of the jurors began discussing the case in Spanish during the 8-hour deliberation. 

A relative of one juror -- we'll call him juror A -- tells TMZ ... another juror -- juror B -- had "some trouble" understanding some of the testimony.  During the deliberations juror A had to translate the testimony into Spanish to juror B.

In the questionnaire jurors were required to fill out, the first question read, "Do you have any difficulty reading, speaking or understanding English." 

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A spokesperson for the court tells TMZ ... no juror ever requested a court-appointed translator at any time during the trial or deliberations.

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A'Dreama Monet    

i feel bad for everyone including the doc in this sitch

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Mazor    

Could you find any less of a story TMZ?

1080 days ago
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Bud    

Yeah, a "Jury of my peers"...that don't apply any more. have you seen the gene pool they stir up for jury trials. Most people are screwed before they walk into the courtroom!!!

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Seriously    

Mistrial?

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nuffsaid    

BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1080 days ago
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bahhh    

Great..So will we now see a mistrial or Conrad Murry's team ask for a retrial..? Who selected the jurors, or did one of the jurors say they knew English, which means, no I will not need a translator...*eyeroll*

1080 days ago
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Truth    

OH GREAT... NICCCE ONE HARVEY!!! NOW YOU JUST GAVE THE LAME DEFENSE A REASON TO PURSUE AN APPEAL. CAN AN EX-LAWYER "NOT REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF CALI OR ANY OTHER STATE" BE SOOO RETARDED?? OOOPS!! TRUTH!!!

1080 days ago
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Dark December    

Only in California. The biggestsheets double standard state in the union.

1080 days ago
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LI_Mom    

I'm guessing that it was only some of the technical/medical words that this juror had trouble with.

Even an English speaking person might need help with some of the jargon in a trial.

IF Murray manages to get a mistrial... he better rethink his defense & give himself a chance to WIN the second time around.

1080 days ago
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Shannon    

Paid off to say that defense can appeal....

1080 days ago
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Truth    

NOW WE'RE GONNA SEE OJ 2.0 AND MAKE MORE OF A MOCKERY OF THE CALI JUSTICE SYSTEM THAN IT ALREADY IS... TRUTH!!

1080 days ago
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Tammy    

Is this surprising in California? Or most other states in this country? The USA bedns up for everyone EXCEPT the English-speaking members of the country.

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peoplearesilly    

I call BS. I'm sure the judge would have thought of this. This is just another ploy for the defense.

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GBeach    

if any of the jurors could not understand the testimoney because of they did not understand ENGLISH, that is cause for a mistrial!!!!

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