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April 8, 2008

If you've totally loved (or totally hated) any part of this course...

you should give serious thought to signing up the Legislation Clinic next year. I can/will tell any interested students all about the clinic's greatness, and on Wednesday (4/9) there is this opportunity to get more "official" information:

In connection with the upcoming scheduling process for next year, the Legislation Clinic is hosting an information session Wednesday April 9 at 12:10 p.m. in room 344. The Legislation Clinic is one of only two Moritz clinics available to 2Ls, so come and hear current and former students talk about their experiences in this clinic.  Sandwiches and drinks provided.

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Pulled this off of Drudge Report today...how coincidental. I had no idea Japan has the death penalty.


Japanese broadcaster says it will air recording of execution

Apr 16 05:10 AM US/Eastern
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A Japanese radio broadcaster said Wednesday that it would air a 1955 recording of a death row inmate's final hours, including the moment he was hanged.
No sounds or images from actual executions have previously been broadcast in Japan, a justice ministry official said, adding that the authenticity of the recording was unknown.

Nippon Culture Broadcasting, which has listeners in Tokyo and its surrounding areas, will air the 55-minute programme on May 6, said Katsuhiko Shimizu, who was involved in the production.

The documentary features the unidentified male inmate being told he would be executed that day, he said. Listeners may also hear his last conversation with a prison official as Buddhist sutras are heard in the background. The official has yet to give his consent that part being broadcast.

Shimizu said the tape was recorded at the Osaka detention house in western Japan, partly for the education of prison officials. He did not disclose how the company obtained it.

The Osaka detention centre said it had no knowledge of such a recording.

"We are surprised about the reported tape," spokesman Masami Akashi said. "We have no idea about it and no written record of it."

Japan, the only major industrial country other than the United States to use the death penalty, only informs death row inmates when they will be hanged on the day of the execution.

Last week Japan hanged four convicted murderers as it stepped up the pace of executions.

Shimizu said the company decided to air the recording as "people know too little about executions".

"As it's almost a year to go to the introduction of a lay judge system in Japan, we want to give people an opportunity to think about the possibility that they may be in the position to decide on a death penalty," he said.

Posted by: Nathan | Apr 16, 2008 5:47:05 PM

Japan's stepping up the pace?? Ho boy. Japan's criminal legal system is unfortunately horribly warped in favor of the prosecution. I forget the exact number but prosecutors have a conviction rate well over 90% (I think it might be 97%), mostly because of coerced confessions, but virtually no evidence. So I'm willing to bet that not all of those people Japan executed were actually guilty.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/07/news/japan.php

Posted by: S. Lee | Apr 17, 2008 3:10:12 PM

Whoops. 99% according to the BBC.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7063316.stm

Posted by: S. Lee | Apr 17, 2008 3:12:48 PM

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