the system makes mistakes

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Stephen Schmidt

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Hi everyone,
I'm reading Primal Fear by William Diehl. The question follows the context:

Here the story is about a man accused of killing an archbishop and is held in prison.
His lawyer is doing his best to win his client's innocence, but he is confronted by the prosecutor
who is trying to prove the man is guilty. The lawyer speaks about the prosecutor and how deceitful
he is, and that he has no hard evidence to convict the innocent man. Now the lawyer says:

Can you twelve ladies and gentlemen honestly say that my opponent has proven this
man guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt? The system makes mistakes because no matter how finely
crafted it may be, it suffers the weakness of human fallibility. My client is human and he is fallible.
What kind of "system"s is that?
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