changes to Mexico's judicial system

Mexico adopts U.S.-style trials, presumption of innocence
— Houston Chronicle2

Mexico threw open the doors to its judicial system today, allowing U.S.-style public trials and creating a presumption of innocence.

Under the long-awaited constitutional amendment signed by President Felipe Calderon, guilt or innocence will no longer be decided behind closed doors by a judge relying on written evidence.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers will now argue their cases in court, and judges must explain their decisions to defendants.

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