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We are again presented with a videotaped confession conducted in the Spanish language and the legal requirements for admitting the tape and an English translation. The procedures employed are critical because many jurors are fluent in Spanish and may interpret statements differently than a court interpreter or an official English translation. Even more problematic is the risk of Spanish-speaking jurors relating their own versions to other members of venire that speak only English. Today we strive to offer a protocol that will provide parallel consistency among the trial courts and allow the State and defense counsel to know what is expected. While the issue must occur routinely throughout Texas, it is most prevalent in border cities. Indeed, the two prominent decisions which have addressed the subject originated in Hidalgo County and El Paso County.

A jury found Daniel Peralta guilty of sexually assaulting his wife both anally and vaginally and assessed punishment of ten years’ imprisonment together with a $10,000 fine. Upon jury recommendation, the court suspended the confinement and placed Appellant on community supervision. This appeal follows.

 
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