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In Mexico, Innocent Until Proven Guilty

La Opinin, Posted: Jun 21, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- In Mexico, accused parties are no longer considered guilty until proven innocent, one of several long-overdue changes the country is making to its criminal justice system, reports La Opinin. The new law establishes the presumption of innocence for all suspects. Another change is the establishment of public trials: the judge will no longer meet behind closed doors with the defense and prosecution before issuing his ruling. But one new measure allows suspects to be held for 80 days without charges. Editors argue that this is an improvement from the current indefinite holding period, but that it should be much shorter in order to prevent abuses of authority.


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