A non-citizen served on an Erie County jury. Now what?
In September, a letter arrived at the Erie County Courthouse that upended the verdict in a drug case and spurred still-unsettled questions about who can qualify for jury duty.
Its author was a woman who served as a juror in the case. She is not an American citizen, and wrote in her letter that she said so several times before ultimately being picked for the panel during the August trial term.
“I am certain I stated I am not a citizen,” the woman wrote in her letter, which is included in court records. “However, I was put all the way through and eventually selected. I must admit it was a shocker to me and quite exciting to even think I could be picked.”