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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Slobogin on Lessons from Inquisitorialism

Slobogin_bigChristopher Slobogin (Vanderbilt University - Law School) has posted Lessons from Inquisitorialism (Southern California Law Review, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The adversarial system as it is implemented in the United States is a significant cause of wrongful convictions, wrongful acquittals and “wrongful” sentences. Empirical evidence suggests that a hybrid inquisitorial regime would be better than the American-style adversarial system at reducing these erroneous results. This paper proposes the integration of three inquisitorial mechanisms into the American trial process — judicial control over the adjudication process, non-adversarial treatment of experts, and required unsworn testimony by the defendant — and defends the proposals against constitutional and practical challenges. While other scholars have suggested borrowing from overseas, these three proposals have yet to be presented as a package. Together they could measurably enhance the accuracy of the American criminal justice system.

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