This Comment first examines the U.S. adversarial system and the causes of wrongful convictions in the U.S. adversarial system. This Comment then examines the German inquisitorial system and potential causes of wrongful convictions in the German inquisitorial system. Then, the Italian hybrid system and the potential causes of wrongful convictions in the Italian system. Finally, this Comment then examines the Japanese hybrid Saiban-in system and the potential cause of wrongful convictions in the Japanese system. This Comment proposes that, to prevent wrongful convictions, criminal justice reform must be undertaken to incorporate the positive aspects of the United States, German, Italian, and Japanese systems, while limiting and recognizing the systemic problems that produce wrongful convictions.
Wrongful Convictions: Not Just an American Phenomenon?: An Investigation Into the Causes of Wrongful Convictions in the United States, Germany, Italy, and Japan,
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