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Toshikazu Sugaya, freed from prison last week after new DNA testing indicated his innocence in the slaying of a young girl, says he would have been found guilty even if the lay judge system had been in effect for his trial.

“I think lay judges would have believed the result of the (initial) DNA test and judged that I was guilty,” said Toshikazu Sugaya, 62, who was released Thursday after spending 17 1/2 years behind bars.

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