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2.9 Foreign Language Testimony

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2.9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTIMONY

You are about to hear testimony of a witness who will be testifying in the [specify the foreign language] language. This witness will testify through the official court interpreter. Although some of you may know [specify the foreign language] language, it is important that all jurors consider the same evidence. Therefore, you must accept the official English translation of the witness’s testimony even if you would translate it differently. In this way, all jurors are considering the same evidence.

Comment

This instruction should be given immediately before the jury hears testimony in a foreign language. Cf. United States v. Franco, 136 F.3d 622, 626 (9th Cir.1998); United States v. Fuentes-Montijo, 68 F.3d 352, 355-56 (9th Cir.1995).