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 professional ...

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 punished ...