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Reply #23: Yes, it's non-adversarial. It's based on the practices of the Inquisition instead. [View All]

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-11 03:10 AM
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23. Yes, it's non-adversarial. It's based on the practices of the Inquisition instead.
Edited on Tue Sep-27-11 03:16 AM by pnwmom
Not a great system, at least based on the peek that we've had here.

Just one example; the original judge, Massei, refused to allow the defense to examine the raw data files that the police lab relied on to make their claims about finding Meredith's DNA on the kitchen knife and Raffaele's on the bra clasp. He said it wasn't necessary. It was only in the appeals trial that the new judge, Hellman, appointed forensic experts from the University of Rome to examine the data. And their scathing report completely discredited the police lab's work. In the U.S., the original DNA results would now be thrown out. In Italy's non-adversarial system, the jurors will have to decide themselves whether to believe the police lab or the independent forensic experts appointed by the judge.
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