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OSAKA — For the third time in an unprecedented trial that has lasted more than 21 years, and a quarter-century after the alleged crime, a former nursery school teacher was acquitted Wednesday of murdering a 12-year-old boy in 1974.

It will be difficult for prosecutors now to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, considering the indictment was first handed down 21 years ago, judicial sources said.

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