Afghani lawyers to study at University of Utah

Afghani lawyers to study at University of Utah

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Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio The United States will be bringing in lawyers from Afghanistan to train them to make their legal system stronger. The University of Utah is one of the schools in the program.

Sometime next spring or summer, prosecutors from Afghanistan will call Salt Lake City their temporary home.

"The Afghanis very much want to develop a rule of law over there, and a key part of that is to have an effective and functioning criminal justice system," explained Paul Cassell, law professor at the University of Utah.

Cassell is one of the lawyers involved in teaching the Afghanis to be more effective, but he says there will be challenges. "There are big differences between Afghani law and American law," he said.

Cassell says Islamic principles are a large part of Afghani law.

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