Nov 28, 2014

Justice Ginsburg sent home after heart stent implanted

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its ...

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech

Nov 6, 2014

New justice minister against outlawing hate speech


The newly appointed justice minister on Thursday gave clues as to her priorities in office, restating the ministry’s intention to clean up a discredited foreign trainees program but saying she is disinclined to outlaw hate speech. Asked about the death penalty, Yoko Kamikawa paused ...

Oct 24, 2014

Bill would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials

The Abe administration offered its backing on Friday for a bill that would keep lay judges from handling lengthy trials. The first-ever amendment to the law covering the lay judge system would leave such criminal trials solely to professional judges. The bill does not ...

Jul 29, 2014

Reflecting citizens' views on justice

Japan's Supreme Court decision to reduce the prison terms of a couple convicted of fatally abusing their daughter highlights the difficulty in balancing the need, on one hand, to have ordinary citizens' views reflected in criminal trials through their participation as lay judges and, ...

Jul 1, 2014

Say no to plea bargaining

The biggest problem with plea bargaining, which a special legislative panel has recommended introducing into Japan's criminal investigative process, is the possibility that a suspect will make false confessions for a lesser punishment or wrongly implicate a person who has nothing to do with ...

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. fines Marubeni over Indonesia bribery scheme

Trading company Marubeni Corp. has agreed to pay an $88 million fine after admitting bribing Indonesian government officials to secure a lucrative power project, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. A Justice Department statement said Marubeni and employees from consortium partner Alstom had bribed ...

Indian court drags feet in '08 rape case

Feb 24, 2013

Indian court drags feet in '08 rape case

The mother of a British teenager who was raped and left to die on a Goa beach five years ago has blasted India’s “rubbish” legal system over the stalled trial into her daughter’s death. Scarlett Keeling was only 15 years old when her bruised ...