Cleaning up the judiciary? Three more judges go down for corruption.
Supreme Court Judge Hsiao Yang-kuei (蕭仰歸) was accused of pressuring High Court Chief Judge Kao Ming-che (高明哲) into clearing his son of hit-and-run charges. Another high court judge, Yang Ping-chen (楊炳禎), was suspected of “ethical misconduct” — including visiting prostitutes and alleged involvement in a collective bribery case.The prostitute scandal of Yang Ping-chen was widely quoted in the local newspapers. Apparently the good Judge Yang preferred younger women with large breasts, who had never had sex before. He must have driven his procurers mad trying to find women who could act the part. Judge Yang was also an internationally famous collector of incense burners, and even had a book about his collection put together:
The Judicial Yuan has referred the three judges to the Control Yuan for further investigation.
The disciplinary panel took action a day after the Supreme Court’s Special Investigation Panel raided 20 locations as part of an anti-graft campaign.
This is the second time that three senior judges have been implicated in corruption scandals. On July 13, three other judges were arrested on charges of taking bribes, leading to the resignation of Lai In-jaw (賴英照) as Judicial Yuan president to take responsibility for the scandal.
National Museum of History: JINYU QINGLU: YANG BINGZHEN XIANSHENG CANG MING QING TONGLU (BEYOND INCENSE BURNER). Ming and Qing Incense Burners in the Collection of Mr. Yang Ping-Chen. Taibei, 1996. 296 pp. 260 plates in full colour. B/w illustrations and text drawings. Cloth, slipcase GBP 135.00He had also given exhibitions of his collection.
Soliciting prostitutes is not illegal (being a pro is), but the Judge's employment contract called for him to refrain from such behavior. Local news reports said Judge Yang was extremely wealthy --the kind of wealth that stinks of ill-gotten gains -- and planning to retire early, applying this July. His phones had been tapped for three years.
Looks like they are serious about cleaning up the judiciary. What about the rest of public life?
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