Overheard in the Courtroom

Before a recent Orange County criminal trial of a Vietnamese American defendant, Superior Court Judge William Froeberg asked if any of the prospective jurors could speak Vietnamese.

There was silence and then:

Juror #126: I know one word of Vietnamese!

Froeberg: One word?

Juror 126: It's not a good word.

Froeberg: I won't ask you to say it then.

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