Feb 2, 2015

Two China cult members executed for McDonald's murder

A father and daughter in China have been executed for beating to death a woman in a McDonald’s outlet, a Chinese court said Monday. The victim had refused their advances to join their cult. Zhang Fan and her father, Zhang Lidong, were executed after ...

May 5, 2014

Improving the lay judge system

As Japan's lay judge system turns 5 years old, the Justice Ministry's Legislative Council is considering excluding citizens from the duty of serving as lay judges when trials are expected to last more than a year.

Mar 21, 2014

Lay judges' moral dilemma

How does Japan's justice minister respond to a petition from 20 citizens who, as lay judges, agonized over the possibility of having to hand down a death sentence? They call for an immediate halt to capital punishment.