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MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) A former judge was given a suspended sentence Tuesday for groping a woman while she slept next to him on an express bus in February when he was still a judge.

Taizo Ichiki, 52, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for five years. “Public trust in judges was severely damaged and the dignity of the judiciary was conspicuously lost” through his crime, the Miyazaki District Court ruled.

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