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April 25, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For four decades, East Germans lived with a legal system that expressed little more than the whim of the ruling Communist Party. Now, six months after embracing democracy in the form of German unification, they hardly have a system at all. Confused, uncertain eastern judges are struggling with an imported western German legal system that they barely understand. Prosecutors and defense attorneys often argue cases that they have hardly dealt with before, often in cramped, makeshift courtrooms.
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April 25, 1991 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For four decades, East Germans lived with a legal system that expressed little more than the whim of the ruling Communist Party. Now, six months after embracing democracy in the form of German unification, they hardly have a system at all. Confused, uncertain eastern judges are struggling with an imported western German legal system that they barely understand. Prosecutors and defense attorneys often argue cases that they have hardly dealt with before, often in cramped, makeshift courtrooms.
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