What happened to the man who allegedly bribed Chen Shui-bian in the Longtan land deal? Nothing, of course (reading the first page of that article will make your blood boil). What happened to the prosecutors who leaked information to the media? Nothing, of course. Chen's lawyer, Cheng Wen-lung, was hit with disciplinary charges, though. What happened to the prosecutors involved in the crazy skit attacking Chen Shui-bian (Jerome Cohen) Nothing, of course. Remember the group of prosecutors who held a press conference to announce that they would pursue the Chen case to the bitter end -- an apparent admission that not only were they involved in a vendetta, but that they did not have any evidence either. Nothing happened to them too.
A Taipei District Court judge who found former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and his wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), not guilty in a bank merger case was indicted yesterday by Taipei prosecutors on suspicion of negligently leaking the name of a witness to the public.
Judge Chou Chan-chun (周占春) and his secretary, Liu Lee-ying (劉麗英), were charged with malfeasance for being negligent in the disclosure of a witness’ name who was involved in a case involving illegal drug production and transportation heard by Chou, Taipei prosecutors said.
Chou and Liu were found to have failed to seal a classified document which had witness names on it. As a result, after a lawyer for the defendant in the case, surnamed Lu, read the document and told Lu about the matter, the witness was threatened and beaten by Lu, prosecutors said.
Last month, Chou became the target of some pan-blue political commentators when he, citing insufficient evidence, acquitted Chen and Wu of charges that they laundered money and took bribes from bankers in exchange for manipulating bank mergers.
Chou said in the Chen-Wu -ruling that the Anti-Corruption Act (貪汙治罪條例) states that a public official violates the law by taking bribes in exchange for decisions or policies that favor the bribers, but according to the Constitution, the president’s duties do not include overseeing bank mergers, so Chen therefore would have been unable to receive money from banks and reciprocate by helping their merger proposals.
But don't worry, there's no pattern here.
UPDATE: Judge critical of procedures in the Chen case, and published article criticizing the swapping of judges in that case, found unfit to be a chief judge.
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