https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/28/national/crime-legal/39-years-13-year-jail-term-85-year-old-finally-exonerated-kumamoto-murder-retrial/

“In a retrial held decades after his conviction, a court on Thursday acquitted an 85-year-old man of a 1985 murder in Kumamoto Prefecture… “‘There is no evidence that shows the defendant was the culprit and the court cannot accept he committed the murder,’ said presiding Judge Yoshihisa Mizokuni in handing down the ruling.”

In the justice system one could draw the line between “finding truths” and “finding significant truths” depending on the nature of the court case. A murder case, particularly in a country with the death penalty, seems quite clearly focused on “significant” issues.

This court case of course deals with the “significant” issue of determining who is the murderer. The retrial also highlights issues in the justice system and these issues are also “significant.”


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