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Even though I don’t know all the facts pertaining to the case described in the March 13 article “Death of American in bar fight likely to draw leniency,” I hope it is treated fairly. When I read that the individual responsible for the death of another may receive a lighter penalty, it made me question the integrity of the legal system. I can only wish that I knew all the facts, but all I know is what The Japan Times printed: A drunk American went to a bar complaining about the noise; he confronted many of the folks there, but later got into some sort of fight with a disc jockey. Killing someone is a very serious deal. If I perceive that (the disc jockey) does not get a fair hearing, I will contact my U.S. congressman.

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