Oct 1, 2014

Court rejects damages for lay judge with stress disorder

The Fukushima District Court has rejected a claim by a lay judge in a robbery-murder case that the judiciary system was responsible for her developing acute stress disorder. Hifumi Aoki, 64, of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, challenged the constitutionality of the lay judge system and ...

Man to hang over Osaka murders

Jun 27, 2013

Man to hang over Osaka murders

The Osaka District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 46-year-old man to death after a lay judge trial convicted him in the 2004 slaying of an elderly couple in the victims’ home. Ex-construction worker Katsuaki Suzuki had pleaded not guilty, but the panel of three ...

Jurors stress 'fairness' of sentences for rapists

Mar 7, 2013

Jurors stress 'fairness' of sentences for rapists

After helping deliver prison sentences Friday to two U.S. servicemen guilty of rape, lay judges in a high-profile trial in Okinawa said they suppressed personal emotions to keep their judgment unclouded by anger toward the U.S. military bases in the prefecture. “The defendant is ...

Jan 16, 2013

Somali pair admit trying to hijack ship

by Masami Ito and Setsuko Kamiya

In the first case prosecuted under Japan’s 2009 antipiracy law, two Somali men pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tokyo District Court to charges of boarding and attempting to hijack a Bahamas-registered tanker operated by a Japanese shipping company. The ship, sailing in the Indian Ocean ...