Sentencing guidelines promulgated by Korea's supreme court
By Douglas A. Berman
This editorial from The Korea Times, headlined "Eight Major Crimes Subject to Tougher Punishment," provides a window into how similar sentencing issues get discussed and debated around the world. Here are excerpts:
The Supreme Court has introduced sentencing guidelines for eight major crimes in order to ensure fair trials and the rule of law. Bribery, embezzlement, breach of trust, murder, rape, robbery, perjury and false accusations will be subject to tougher punishment from July.
We hope that judges will sincerely implement the guidelines to ensure fairness and objectivity in handing down sentences to those indicted. As the top court insisted, the goal of the guidelines is to restore public trust in the justice system. No one can deny that judges have often been too lenient with politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen accused of bribery, influence peddling, embezzlement and other forms of corruption...continue to full post
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