JIADEP WRONGFUL ARREST AND CONVICTIONS DATA BASE


The following data base contains over 150 cases which are alleged, or have been proven, to be miscarriages of justice. They are arranged in alphabetical order. Please feel free to send corrections and additions. 







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Anzai

Chiba

2009/Nov


安西喜久夫

Anzai Kikuo

b. 1951

Smuggling of Stimulants (from Malaysia)


Summary


Prosecutors demanded 12 Years imprisonment and 6 million yen ($75,000) fine from a company president who brought in a metal box containing drugs to be given to a third party as a souvenir. 



Court Chronology


District Court  2010/June/23  Not Guilty



High Court       2011/Mar/30   Guilty 



Supreme Court



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Ashibetsu

Hokkaido

1952/07/29


Ijiri Masao

Endangering train

traffic/possession of explosives.

Summary





Court Chronology


District Court         1956/07/16 Sentenced to prison


High Court              1963/12/20 Not Guilty


Supreme Court





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Ashikaga 足利

Tochigi

1990/May

1991/Dec 2


Sugaya Toshikazu

born 1947


Incarcerated for 17.5 years



Murder & rape

 of a four year old girl

Summary


In May of 1990, a deceased four year old girl's body was found along the bank of a river. She had been sexually molested. 19 months laters, faced with a lingering murder/molestation cold case, police extract a confession from the day care center's bus driver. Though the DNA evidence from the victim's underwear excludes Suga, the court weighs the confession and sentences him to like imprisonment.



Court Chronology


District Court    1993 Life Imprisonment  Utsunomiya


High Court         1997            "                Tokyo


Supreme Court   2000/07/17  Confirmed

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Later Actions

The Nichibenren's Human Right's Protection Committee forms a task force to reopen the case.

06/08/21-civil suit against the state's forensic witness opens.

08/02/13 Retrial Request Rejected (Utsunomiya DC).

09/June    DNA evidence indicates Sugaya is not culprit-released from prison.

2009/October Exonerated



2011/January  State pays 80,000,000 yen ($950,00) in  compensation


Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Attorney Yamamoto

Miyazaki

Yamamoto Itaru

Aged 53

Coercing a criminal defendant to remain silent.


Summary


Yamamoto is suspected of telling the client, who was indicted as a member of a billing-fraud ring, "Keep silent. Otherwise your family and friends may be in trouble." 



Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Attorney Yasuda

Tokyo


Yasuda Yoshihiro

Obstructing the return of financial assets to the government

Summary

Yasuda, outspoken human rights attorney and  anti-death penalty advocate, was leading the legal team defending the Aum Shinrikyo religous cult. . He was arrested for obstructing the transfer of funds from a failed real estate company to the state. His incarceration for 300 days has been severely criticized as  political vindictiveness.


Court Chronology


District Court      2003/12/25  Not Guilty


High Court          2008/04/23  Guilty Fined 500,000 yen ($5000)


Supreme Court




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Baker

Narita Airport

April 2002

"


Nicholas Baker (aged 32)

British National

Importation and possession of controlled substances

Summary


Caught with 41,120 tablets of ecstasy and 990 grams of cocaine at Narita airport using a suitcase fitted with a false bottom, Baker swears he was duped by a companion who accompanied him to Japan. The companion was arrested  in Belgium  in May 2002 for a similar ruse, and has since died. Baker was placed in solitary confinement for10 months for refusing  to confess. Note: The judge overseeing the case had not issued a decision of not guilty in ten years.



Court Chronology


District Court  2003/06/12  14 years


High Court     


Supreme Court

Later Actions


Baker was returned to England to serve out the remainder of his sentence.


Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Beamon

1994

Beamon Terry

American National

Murder



Summary


American Karate Instructor Terry Beamon and his wife Jewel Curtis, arrested in 2000, were charged with beating their 4 year old son to death in 1994.



Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court Not Guilty April 3, 2008.



Later Actions



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Benin Smuggling Case

Sawyer, Robert Joffrey

aged 54



Summary



Prosecutors demanded a sentence of 13 years and 7 million yen. 


Court Chronology


District Court   2011/Jun/16  Not Guilty



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


British Woman

Narita Airport

November 2008

"

British National (F)

Smuggling



Summary


A 31 year old British Woman was charged with smuggling 1.4 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia



Court Chronology


District Court  2010/February  Guilty  8 years and 4 million yen ( $50,000 fine.)



High Court  2010/12/16  Not Guilty (Confirmed)



Supreme Court 



Later Actions



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Chan Kumatani Case


Chan Ie Jun


Murder of a Korean woman.

Summary





Court Chronology


District Court 


High Court     


Supreme Court




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Chiba University 

Salmonella Poisoning

 (千葉大学チフス菌事件)

1966/04/07


Suzuki 

age 42

Inadvertent poisonings with the Salmonella bacteria


Summary


A doctor at Chiba University hospital was charged with infecting food and beverages with Salmonella bacteria. He confessed 


Chifusu is a Japanese rendering of typhi. Salmonella is the bacteria responsible for typhoid.




Court Chronology


District Court  1973/04/20 Not guilty   Chiba DC


High Court      1976/04/30 Guilty 6 years



Supreme Court




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Daigyaku

大逆事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Endo

Niigata

1975

Endo Yuichi

Professional Negligence

Summary






Court Chronology


District Court       1982/09/03  6 months imprisonment suspended for two years


High Court            Affirmed


Supreme Court     1989/04/21 Not guilty.


Later Actions


Endo brought suit seeking state redress for wrongful arrest. All three courts rejected his claim.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Eniwa恵庭

Hokkaido

2000/03/17


Okoshi Minako  F (age 29)

大越美奈子

Murder

Summary


The charred body of a  24 year old woman was found along a country road. Police claim to find the victim's locker key in the defendant's car's glove compartment. One week after undergoing six days of exhaustive and abusive voluntary questioning , the traumatized Okoshi checks into a hospital for psychological treatment. While hospitatlized, she files a suit against the police. One day after leaving the hospital, she is vengefully arrested and charged with murder. 



Court Chronology


District Court        2003/03/26  Sapporo 16 years of labor.


High Court            2005/09/29  Sapporo Affirmed.


Supreme Court      2006/09/27  Confirmed.



Later Actions


Civil Suit

2007/01/23  Tokyo DC fines Publisher Shichosha  2.2 million yen ($22,000) and  suspends  publication of a book accusing defendant Okoshi of pyromania.

2007/10/18  Tokyo HC Overturns suspension and reduces fine to 1.1 million yen. SC confirms this decision on 09/03/03.


Defendant currently housed at 


Sapporo Women’s Prison.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges


Enai Village

榎井村

1946/08/21

Kagawa


Yoshida Osamu

Arrested 46/08/28

Murder, other charges


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court      1947/12/24 Life Imprisonment


High Court           


Supreme Court     1949/04/28

Confirmed



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges


Fujimoto

1952/07/07


Fujimoto Masuo

Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court       1953/08/29 Death


High Court           1954/12/14 Death


Supreme Court    1957/08/23 Confirmed.



Later Actions


1962/09/13 3rd request for retrial denied (Kumamoto D. C.)


1962/09/14  Executed.







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Fukawa

布川

Ibaragi

1967/08/30


Sakurai Shoji   (20)

Arrested 67/10/10

Sugiyama Takao  (20)

Arrested 1967/10/16

Murder Robbery


Summary


A 62 year old woman was found strangled in her home in the village of Fukawa located in Tonegawa-cho, Ibaragi-ken. After investigating well over a hundred people, police eliminated all but some ten or more from a list of suspects. At first, Sakurai was arrested for theft of a belt and a single pair of trousers. He denied the charges but five days later he confessed to the murdering the victim with Sugiyama  as accomplice.



Court Chronology


District Court      70/10/06 Life Imprisonment


High Court           73/12/20 Life Imprisonment


Supreme Court    78/07/03 Confirmed



Later Actions

83/12/23 Request for retrial requested

1996 Defendants are paroled 

2005/09/21 Retrial Granted

2007/12/15 Supreme Court affirms retrial request.


2011/May/25  Exonerated!




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Fukui Female Middle School Killing

1986

Fukui

Shoji  Maekawa 

Murder

(+other charges)


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court    90/09/26  Not Guilty  


High Court        95/02/09   Not Guilty decision is overturned. Sentenced to 7 years.   


Supreme Court   97/11/12  Appeal Rejected. Sentence Confirmed



Later Actions





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Fukuoka 福岡

1947


Nishi Takeo 

Ishii Kenjiro 

murder, robbery


Summary


After two clothes merchants were shot in downtown Fukuoka, seven men were arrested. Five were sentenced to various terms, Nishi and Ishii were sentenced to death. Ishi, a former soldier, admitted the shooting as self defense. Nishi was nowhere near the scene. 



Court Chronology


District Court      Death


High Court           Death     


Supreme Court     



Later Actions


75/06  Ishii's sentence is commuted to life imprisonment.

Nishi is executed. 

1989 Ishii is paroled.

2005 May.  30 years after Nishi's execution, appeal is filed.







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Fukuoka Yakuza Case 2008

Fukuoka

2008/July


Takada Shinichi b. 1963

Nakahara Yoshio b. 1965

Murder, Confinement, Battery


Summary



In July of 2008, the body of Ito Takanori, aged 42, was found in a wooded area in Fukuoka. In a separate case, a defendant Nakahara Kazufumi, sentenced to 28 years, implicated the above two defendants as masterminds. (Kazufumi was the adopted son of Yoshio.) The court found the above defendants guilty of lesser crimes, (Tanaka-confinement and battery 5.5 years; Nakahara-confinement only 4 years), but tossed the charge of murder and the prosecution's demand for 30 years stating that Kazufumi's confession to police was unreliable.


Court Chronology


District Court   (Fukuoka) 2011/06/29 Murder Not Guilty



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions










Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Fukuoka Bicycle Accident

2001



Obscenity


Summary


After colliding and falling off her bicycle, a high school girl claimed obscenity (molestation ) against a man in the accident.



Court Chronology


District Court  Guilty



High Court  Guilty



Supreme Court  Currently under review.



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Fujisawa Arson 藤沢放火

1993

Sasaki Kei

Murder

Arson

~~~

Yes


Summary


Arrested and then released, Sasaki was found liable in a civil suit, and then rearrested and charged. 



Court Chronology


District Court   2003/Jun/01  Yokohama DC Not Guilty


High Court


Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Futamata

二俣

50/01/07

Sudou Masao age18 須藤満雄

Murder

Robbery


Summary


After A family of four, including two young children, was murdered, police arrested 18 year old Sudou Masao. He confessed after being tortured but withdrew the confession at the trial.  This is one of four egregious wrongful arrest cases which occurred in Shizuoka. See also Sachiura, Shimada, and Hakamada cases.



Court Chronology


District Court    1950/12/27  Death


High Court         1951/9/29 Death


Supreme Court     1953/11/27 Remanded to district court




Later Actions

1956/9/20 Shizuoka District Court

Not Guilty


57/12/26 Tokyo High Court

Prosecution's appeal is rejected. Innocence is confirmed.





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Geihinkan/Yokota  Saiban

迎賓館・横田裁判 

(aka: Bakutori 4 爆取人)

86/04/15

86/05/04

Tokyo

Taketoshi Suga 

Hirofumi Sogame

Hiroshi Itagaki*

Manufacture and firing of explosives


Summary


The three were arrested for manufacturing and launching mortar rounds at Yokota Air Base and the Tokyo State Guest House during a meeting of leaders of developed nations. Though a finding of guilty would result in a sentence of 8 years, the three were incarcerated from Nov 1987 until being freed on  bail in December 2002, in excess of 15 years.


Court Chronology


District Court    04/03/26 Tokyo  Not Guilty. Prosecution appeals.  


High Court    06/01/16 Trial opens and closes the same day. 

06/05/19 Judge criticizes lower court decision, and remands the case.       


Supreme Court  2007/10/18 SC upholds HC decision.    



Later Actions




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed



Gobanchou

五番

(京都五番町事件)

1955




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed



Gotenba


Ten Males

Battery, attempted rape

~~~~~

Yes, all ten.


Summary


A 15 year old girl, as an excuse to meet a male acquaintance, informs her mother that she will be home late due to a train accident. When the mother discovers this is a hoax, the girl then says that she was raped. The next day, a report is filed with police, who ignore the claim. Over the next 3 months, ten youths are arrested, interrogated and confess. One yearinto the trial,the victim asserts that the Incident occured one week earlier than stated.



Court Chronology


 Family Court: Four defendents are sent to reformatory, two others to miscellaneous    

treatments.  


District Court   05/Oct  Guilty four boys are being tried in district court.


High Court        06/12/13 Appeals case begins. (Tokyo HC)


Supreme Court     



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Gotsu

江津

1962/10/08

1962/11/08

Ushiro 

Murder, abandoning the corpse


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court        66/02/01 Life Imprisonment


High Court            71/01/28 Appeal is rejected.  


Supreme Court     73/09/25 Confirmed.



Later Actions


76/02/14 Request for Retrial filed.

87/02/03 

87/02/05

91/08/01 Ushiro dies.


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Govinda

Tokyo

97/03/19


Govinda Prasad Mainali

Nepali citizen

Murder, Robbery


Summary


Nepali Govinda was arrested for the strangulation of a female executive of the Tokyo Power and Electic Company, a high profile case. Govinda admitted to having sex with the woman but denies the murder. The short span of eight months between District Court and High Court decisions was unduly abnormal for a Japanese court.



Court Chronology


District Court      00/04/14   Not Guilty


High Court           00/12/22   Guilty  Life Imprisonment


Supreme Court    03/10/20   Sentence  is confirmed.

                            



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed



Hakamada

袴田

66/06/30

Shizuoka

Shimizu City

Hakamada Iwao 

Arrested 66/08/18

(Currently on death row in the Tokyo Detention House)

Murder x 4

Arson, Robbery

~~~~

Yes


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court      1968/09/11 Death   Shizuoka District Court


High Court           1976/05/18 Death  Tokyo High Court


Supreme Court     1980/11/29  Confirmed




Later Actions

81/04/20  Request for Retrial is submitted

94/08/09 Request for Retrial is rejected

94/08/12 Protest lodged with High Court.

04/08/27 Protest is rejected.

04/08/27 Protest lodged with Supreme Court

05/12/07 Petition for Pardon to the Ministry of Justice



Defendant Currently Housed at



Tokyo Detention Center: Death Row



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Hanamaki 

花巻事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court      


High Court           


Supreme Court     



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges


Haneda 

羽田 

(羽田女高生殺人事件)





Summary





Court Chronology


District Court      


High Court           


Supreme Court     



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed



Haruyama

晴山

Hokkaido, Tsukigata

1972/74

Arrested in 1974



Hiromoto Haruyama (32)



Murder Rape x2 

~~~~~~~

Yes


Summary


Haruyama was arrested in 1974 for assaulting and injuring a 40-year-old woman in the Hokkaido town of Naie, Hokkaido Prefecture in May that year. He later confessed to raping and strangling a 19-year-old cooking school student in the town of Tsukigata, Hokkaido Prefecture, in May 1972 and a 19-year-old department-store worker in Sunagawa in August the same year. But during his first trial in the Sapporo District Court, Haruyama withdrew the confessions and denied having committed the crimes.



Court Chronology


District Court      Death


High Court         Death  


Supreme Court     Death



Later Actions


1994/July/ Request for retrial filed

2003/Jan/Request for retrial rejected.

10 new pieces of evidence submitted by Haruyama's lawyers.





Defendant Currently Housed at


Currently on death row in  Sapporo.





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Hasaki

波崎

1963/08/26

Tomiyama 

Arrested 63/10/23

Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court    1966/12/24 Death


High Court          1973/07/06 Death


Supreme Court   1976/04/01  Death sentenced confirmed



Later Actions

1980   Retrial Requested

1984   Retrial Request is Rejected. Protest lodged.

1985   Protest Rejected

1987   Second Retrial Requested

2000   Second Retrial Request is rejected. Protest lodged.

2003   Defendant dies in incarceration, aged 86.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Hayashi 

2004

Hayashi  Keiki (M.D)



Summary


Charged with “internet-based sales of unlicensed drug”



Court Chronology


District Court       2004 guilty


High Court            2005 Appeal Rejected.


Supreme Court     2006 Appeal Rejected



Later Actions




Case Name 

Location        

Date of Incident 

Date of Arrest     

Defendant's Name(s)   

(Family  First) 

F=female 

Charges


Higashi Sumiyoshi

東住吉

1995

Osaka


Tatsuhiro Boku  (M 29) 

 Keiko Aoki (F 29)

Murder, Arson , Insurance Fraud

~~~~~~

Yes.


Summary

On July 22, 1995, a house fire killed the 11 year old daughter of the defendants. Because she was insured for15 million yen ($125,000), and since they were unmarried  and living together--Japanese/ Korean common law marriage--the police surmised conspiracy, and  violently extracted confessions to arson, murder and insurance fraud.




Court Chronology


District Court         1999/03/30 Boku: Life Imprisonment

                                 1999/05/18 Aoki: Life Imprisonment     



High Court        2004/11/02 Aoki: Life Imprisonment

                           2004/12/20 Boku: Life Imprisonment   


Supreme Court   2006/10/27  Boku Appeal is rejected

                             2006/12/11 Aoki Appeal is rejected.   



Later Actions


2009/07/07 Boku files for retrial.


Defendants Currently Housed at


Aoki Wakayama Women's Prison

Boku: Oita Prison






Case Name 

Location        

Date of Incident 

Date of Arrest     

Defendant's Name(s)   

(Family  First) 

F=female 

Charges


Hikinoguchi

2004/03/24


Katagishi Mitsuko (F)

b. 1948

Murder Arson

~~~~~

Yes


Summary


After a fire destroyed the home of an alcoholic infirm man, the police arrested his sisterupon noticing that she recently withdrew 2,000,000 yen from his savings account. The only evidence in this case is a witness with a lengthy crime history and a history of drug addiction who claims hearing a jailhouse confession.



Court Chronology


District Court     Not Guilty: Arson and Murder.  Guilty: withdrawing funds 



High Court          Prosecution abandons arson and murder charges. Defendant appeals financial    

                           charge


Supreme Court     



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Himu

Islam Mohamed Himu

Falsifying a notary registration and illegal employment of two employees.


Summary


While he was held for 43 days, no charges were filed in the first case, and he was fined in the second case. He was villified in the media for close relations with al-Qaida.



Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


2006   The Tokyo District Court ordered Kyodo News on Thursday to pay 1.65 million yen in compensation 






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed


Hinocho

Shiga

1984/12/28

1987/12/29 

Sakahara Hiroshi

Murder / Robbery

~~~~~

Yes.


Summary


Three years and one day after the robbery of a small bar and the murder of its elderly proprietess, police began questioning Sakahara, a former regular customer. Sakahara is mentally impaired and has never committed a crime. After three days of voluntary yet abusive police questioning, a confession was extracted.



Court Chronology


District Court     1995/06/30 Life Imprisonment



High Court          1997/05/30 Life Imprisonment



Supreme Court    2000/09/27 Confirmed



Later Actions


06/03/27 Appeal for retrial is denied.


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Hirosaki University

1949/08/26

Aomori

Nasu (Takashi?)

Murder


Summary


The defendant was charged with murdering the wife of a university professor.




Court Chronology


District Court        1951/01/12 Not Guilty


High Court            1952/05/31 Guilty 15 years.


Supreme Court     1953/02/19 Appeal is rejected


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


1963 Paroled


1971 Real culprit comes forward.


1974 Sendai High Court refuses retrial.


1976 Separate high court bench opens retrial


1977/02/15  Not Guilty Sendai High Court



Later Actions


1963 Defendant is paroled. 1971 Real criminal comes forward. Retrial is requested 1974 Sendai High Court refuses retrial. 76/07/13 Same court agrees to retrial. 77/02/15  Not guilty

State Redress Suit (Civil Court) 81/04 Aomori Plaintiff (Nasu) wins partial victory. Sendai H. C. 86/11 Overturned, redress denied. Supreme Court 90/07 Appeal rejected. Redress denied.






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed



Hiroshima Port

Ferry Officer

Hiroshima

1993/12/20

二間高男

Murder, robbery

~~~~

Yes


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court   97/7/30 Not guilty   (Hiroshima)



High Court        2001/04/24 Not guilty  (Hiroshima)

Hiroshima



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed?


Hokkaido  Government  Building

1976/03/02

Ohmori Katsuhisa (26)


Murder, Bombing

~~~~

No


Summary


On March 02, 1976, a bomb killed two and injured many in the Hokkaido Prefectural Office. Police searched  the house of Ohmori, a suspected Red Army member, and found chloric acid ingrediants used for herbicides.  Evidence in this case is extremely impoverished. Defendant insists he is innocent.



Court Chronology


District Court     1983/03/29 Death   (Sapporo)


High Court        1988/01/21 Appeal Denied  (Death)  (Sapporo)


Supreme Court  94/07/15 Appeal Denied  (Death Sentence Confirmed)




Later Actions


2002/07/30 Files for retrial


Defendant Currently Housed at


On death row in the Sapporo Detention Center


http://www.jiadep.org/




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~~

Confessed


Hokuriku Clinic

Sendai Muscle Relaxant Case

Mori Daisuke (M)

守大助

Born 1972



Murder x 1

Attempted Murder x 4

~~~~

Yes. Retracted soon afterward.


Summary


Mori, a male nurse, is accused of killing an elderly patient (F age 89) and attempting to murder fourothers (F ages1,11,and M ages 4 and 45) by administering an intravenous muscle relaxant. Despite finding the  defendant's confession to "be guided by the interrogators . . .and that the motive remains unclear," the judge handed down a life sentence. 



Court Chronology


District Court  04/03/30 Life Imprisonment  Sendai District Court



High Court  2006/03/22 Life Imprisonment Sendai High Court


On October 9 2005, after only four hearings, the judge summarily terminates proceedings and announces March 22, 2006 as decision day. The defense team walks out of court and files for recusal .


Supreme Court  08/02/25  SC Life Imprisonment


Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at


Sendai Prison




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges


Honjo Insurance

1998

Yagi Shigeru

Murder x 2

Attempted Murder


Summary


The defendant is charged with conspiring with three women to commit murder and splitting  1.4 billion yen in insurance payouts



Court Chronology


District Court  2002/10/01 Death



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


Yagi has written a book entitled, "Yagi Shigeru is Innocent."



Defendant Currently Housed at



Death row in Tokyo.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kitagata

北方

 Matsue

Saga 

2002

Matsue Teruhiko

b. 1963


Murder x 3

~~~~

Yes



Summary


In 1989, police discovered the bodies of three women, ages 37~50, who were murdered between 1987~89. Matsue, already in prison for a narcotics charge, was subjected to prolonged interrogation and signed a confession. He was not arrested until 2002, six hours before the statute of limitations expired. 



Court Chronology


District Court  2005 May 10  Not Guilty


NOTE: Second case in Japanese history when a defendant was declared innocent when the death penalty was demanded. Cf: Nabari Case.



High Court  2006 June 6: Appeals case begun.



Supreme Court



Later Actions









Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Hoshino

1988/12/08

 Hoshino (Masami?)


obscenity

~~~~

?


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  90/03/27   7 months at labor



High Court        91/03/26 Not Guilty



Supreme Court  94/12/22  Not Guilty decision is overturned. 

                                             Case is remanded to the High Court.



Later Actions


96/05/16    Guilty Nagoya High Court


99/03/23   Confirmed. Supreme Court.


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Shibuya 渋谷事件

Hoshino 

~~~~~

1971/11/14


Hoshino  Fumiaki 

星野 文昭

Murder


Summary



During a protest of the Okinawa Sovereignity Return Treaty, a riot policeman was hit by a fire bomb and died. Hoshino, a leader of the demonstration, was charged with  slugging the officer and ordering the fire bomb thrown. Six other demonstrators arrested as collaboraters implicated Hoshino in statements to police but retracted the statements in court.


Court Chronology


District Court  79/08/21 Sentenced to 20 years



High Court  83/07/13  Life in Prison



Supreme Court  87/07/17  Confirmed.



Later Actions


96/04/17 Files for Retrial to Tokyo High Court

00/02/22 Retrial is rejected

09/11/27  Files Second Petition for retrial.


Note: A sentence of life imprisonment permits bail after18-20 years if the prisoner writes an apology. Hoshino, maintaining his innocence, refuses to apologize and is nearing his 33rd year of incarceration. This measure is beyond the law and vengefully applied against alleged political radicals.


Defendant Currently Housed at


Tokushima Prison






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Hostess Murder

ホステス殺人事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Ide 

Fukuoka

1994/10

Ide Kenichi

  井手健一

Accomplice to Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court             Life  Imprisonment 



High Court                2008/04/22 Not Guilty



Supreme Court         Confirmed



Later Actions


2006   The Tokyo District Court ordered Kyodo News on Thursday to pay 1.65 million yen in compensation 






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Iwate Hospital Case

岩手病院人工呼吸器停止事件

1999/09/10

Fujimura Tazuko (F)




Professional Negligence Resulting in Death.

~~~~


?


Summary



A patient at the hospital was found dead after a respirator stopped functioning. The defendant, a nurse, was not indicted until 01/11/27, a full two years after the Incident.


Court Chronology


District Court  Eight months in prison, suspended for two years.


High Court  Confirmed.



Supreme Court  05/12/19 Appeal is rejected, sentence is confirmed.



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Iizuka飯塚

Fukuoka


Iizuka Double Girls Murder

飯塚2女児 殺人事件



1992

Kuma Michitoshi

久間三千年

Murder x 2


Summary


Executed on 2008/10/28. Kuma maintained his innocence.





Court Chronology


District Court       1999/09/29  Death Fukuoka


High Court          2001/10/10  Fukuoka  Death


Supreme Court    2006/09/08  Death



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Iranian Smuggler


Osaka

2011


Abudei Sumairu

Drug Smuggling


Summary


Prosecution called for an 18 year sentence and a fine of 8 million yen for Abudei Smairu (spelling?)



Court Chronology


District Court  Osaka  2011/01/28  Not Guilty



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kabuki-cho Building Arson 

(歌舞伎町)

Tokyo

2001/09/01


?



Summary



44 people died in the 5th worst fire in the postwar period. Attorneys have offered evidence that fire began in a separate room.


Court Chronology


District Court  2008 July 2  Not guilty x 1

                                            Suspended Sentences x5 



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kabutoyama

甲山

Hyogo

1974


Etsuko Yamada (F 24)

Kiyoshi Araki (M  )

Yuko Tada (F)


Yamada: Murder

Araki: Perjury

Tada: Perjury

~~~

Yamada-yes, after 13 days of interrogation.



Summary


Two children, a boy and girl, both aged twelve, went missing from the Kabutoyama Institute, a school for retarded children and young adults. The bodies were later retrieved from a septic tank. Etsuko Yamada, a nurse, was arrested, but not charged with murder. She then sued the police and was vengefully rearrested. This marathon case took 25 years.



Court Chronology


District Court  1985/10/17   Not Guilty  ( Kobe DC)



High Court  90/03/23  Osaka Not Guilty. Decision is overturned. Remanded to District Court.



Supreme Court  92/04/07  Defense's appeal against the remand is refused



Later Actions

98/03/24  Kobe District Court Not Guilty

99/09/29  Osaka High Court  Not Guilty

Prosecution's appeal is rejected. Innocence is confirmed.




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kagoshima Family Murder

1969/01/18


Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court  12 Years



Supreme Court  Remanded to H. C.



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kaizuka

Osaka

貝塚ビニールハウス殺人事件

1979




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kamedo Police Violence

Tokyo

2004/02

Watanabe Akira 

Obstructing  public duties 

 (obstructing  police )

~~~~

No


Summary


On his way home after an evening of drinking, the defendant asked a Tokyo police officer, "Tell me, whaddya think of the the Hokkaido Police money scandal?" He was thrown to the ground, roughed up, and charged with  obstructing police officers in their perfomance.



Court Chronology


District Court  05/09/08 Guilty (7 months labor suspended for 3 three years).



High Court   06/05/24 affirms lower court ruling.



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Kanemori 

金森

Korea

1941/10/02


Kanemori  Kenji

Arson


Summary


The defendant was charged with setting a factory on fire.



Court Chronology


District Court  1942/06/30 15 Years

Pusan 


High Court  42/08/21 15 Years

Korea




Supreme Court



Later Actions

71/01/28 Not Guilty Osaka H.C.

State Redress Suits (Civil Court)

73/04 Osaka District Court  Won (Redress awarded)

75/11 Osaka High Court Guilty (Refused. Decision is reversed.)

77/02 Supreme Court Guilty (Refused)



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kanondou

観音堂

小平尚重

Arson


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  Two Years



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


Retrial: Not Guilty


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Karino

2002/10/31

Karino Akio

Murder


Summary


Defendant is charged with  the death of 52 year old, Masaki Hayashi, whose body has never been recovered, based on flimsy circumstantial evidence.




Court Chronology


District Court  2006/05/12 Guilty



High Court Currently being appealed.



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Katoh Roh

15/07/11

Katoh Shinichi

Murder, Robbery


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  16/02/14

Life Imprisonment



High Court  1916/08/04  Life Imprisonment



Supreme Court  1916/11/07  Confirmed



Later Actions

76/09  Retrial granted

77/07/07 Innocent

///////////////////

State Redress Suits (Civil Court)

80/07 Hiroshima D.C.  Refused

86/10 Hiroshim H.C. Refused

87/01 Supreme Court Refused







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Kanehara Chiemi (F)

Hamamatsu

2009/12

b. 1967


Kanehara Chiemi

Murder


Summary


The accused was charged with murdering her 69 year old common law husband. A 13 year sentence was demanded and the saiban-in jury found she acted in self-defense..



Court Chronology


District Court    2011/02/02 Not Guilty


High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kawai

Shizuoka

1991/08/22

Kawai Toshihiko

Murder

~~~~~

Yes


Summary

 

Kawai was arrested in August 1991 on suspicion of drowning his girlfriend's 5 year old son in her bathtub. Forensic analysis indicated the death occurred when Kawai was away, delivering newspapers early in the morning. A police tape recording of the woman confessing to the drowning was dismissed by the high court.




Court Chronology


District Court



High Court  1996 Seven Years



Supreme Court Confirmed.



Later Actions


Defendant was released from prison  in 2000.

Television documentary about the case was made in 2001.

Filed  for retrial in May 2005. 



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kawashima

Chiba

1981/11/26

1982/05/24


Kawashima Hideo

Murder, Robbery

~~~~~

Yes


Summary


On May 24, 1982, Hideo Kawashima, snack bar owner, was arrested for the robbery and murder of a gangster. Kawashima possessed a shotgun and was leasing the bar from the victim. 




Court Chronology


District Court  88/01/18  16 years imprisonment  

Chiba 



High Court  89/06/19  Appeal dismissed.

Tokyo 



Supreme Court  94/03/15  Appeal Dismissed. Sentence confirmed



Later Actions

00/03/20  Kawashima is paroled.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kimagase

木間ケ瀬

1950




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court 1958 Death


High Court 1961 Not Guilty



Supreme Court



Later Actions






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Kita

喜多


喜多 純之介



Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kitayama

2005/05/27

Kitayama Tomoya

b. 1974

Arson resulting in death

~~~

Yes


Summary


Tomoya Kitayama was arrested for the alleged arson attack in the city of Osaka in May 2005 and told investigators he had set fire to the apartment building to express his disgust. Judge Munehisa Sugita said the police conduct exemplified a "vicious investigation that depended on confession while disrespecting material evidence." 



Court Chronology


District Court  2007/Mar/31 Not guilty  Osaka DC



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kobe Pawnshop

Hyogo

2005/October

Ogata Hidehiko

Murder and Robbery of a Pawnshop Owner

~~~

Yes


Summary




Court Chronology


District Court   2008/07/01  Not Guilty


High Court   2009/09/24   Guilty  Life Imprisonment


Supreme Court  Pending



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kobe Serial Murder Killings

Hyogo

Shonen A 14 years old.

(Youth A) Name withheld because he is a minor.


Murder

~~~

Yes


Summary



The city of Kobe suffered several phantom killings, as well as the murder of an 11 year old retarded boy who was beheaded. With neither evidence or leads, police extracted a confession from a 14 year old boy with a shoplifting conviction and charged him with multiple murders.


Court Chronology


District Court Family court ruled the confession was illegal, but declared the boy guilty and sent him to a reformatory. 



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


Released from the Kanto Medical Reformatory 2004




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Kokubunji Arson

1997

Tokyo

(Omitted) Mentally imparied man with an IQ of 40.

Arson

~~~~

Yes


Summary


After a series of 23 suspicious fires were set in Tokyo, police began interrogating mentally impaired  residents, and charged  one with arson.



Court Chronology


District Court  99/07 18 months of labor



High Court  00/07 Appeal is rejected.



Supreme Court  03/06 Appeal rejected, sentence is confirmed.



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Koushoku 

更新少年事件

1999/04/06

Yamada Toshiro

Battery


Summary

information needed.




Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Koutoku

shuusui

幸徳秋水

Meiji Period




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Koutsu

江津

1962




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Liang Stimulant


(Tried by Mixed Jurors)



梁振華

Liang Zhen-hua

(Japanese Ryou Shinka)

aged 33

Receiving  Stimulants


Summary


Prosecutors demanded 13 years + Seven Million Yen ($85,000) sentence.


~~~~~~~~~~~~




Court Chronology


District Court (Tokyo) 2011/01/24  Not Guilty  Confirmed: Prosecution abandons appeal



High Court  



Supreme Court



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Crime

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Loughlin 

Loughlin  Patrick

British National

Manslaughter


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court  2001/10/ __ __



Later Actions

Released   2003/09/05



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Marusho 

丸正

Shizuoka  Mishima City

55/05/11

55/05/30


Li _____


Suzuki Kazuo 



Murder Robbery


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  57/10/31    Li Life Imprisonment

                                            Suzuki 15 Years



High Court  58/12/09 Appeal is rejected.



Supreme Court  60/07/19 Confirmed 



Later Actions

63/12/26 Request for Retrial is filed.

1974 Li is Paroled

89/01/02 Li dies.

92/12/27 Suzuki dies.

Request for retrial is dropped after death of the defendants. 



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Maruyama Groping Case

(Seibu Shinjuku Line)

2003/10/23

Maruyama Isao (age 41 at the time)

Groping

~~~~

No


Summary


The defendant was charged with groping a high school girl on a train. He spent 105 days in detention. This case became the story for the movie "I just didn't do it."



Court Chronology


District Court 05/01/21 Guilty (18 months labor suspended for three years)



High Court 06/03/08 Not guilty.



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Matsukawa

1949

20 people

Train sabotage resulting in  death


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  50/12/06  5 sentenced to death.  5 to life Imprisonment.

10 sentenced to various terms.



High Court  53/12/22

4 sentenced to death.  2 to life imprisonment. 

11 sentenced to various terms.  3 found innocent.



Supreme Court  59/8/10

High Court decision is overturned and remanded.



Later Actions


61/8/8  Sendai High Court  All defendants found not guilty. 

63/9/12  Supreme Court    Prosecution's appeal is rejected. Innocence is finalized.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Matsuo

松尾事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Matsuyama

1955/10/18

Saito Yoshio

Incarcerated: 28.5  years

Murder, robbery, arson


Summary


The defendant was charged with murdering a family of four, committing robbery and setting the house on fire.



Court Chronology


District Court 1957/10/29 Death


High Court 1959/05/26 Death


Supreme Court  1960/11/01 Death 



Later Actions


1979/12 Retrial Granted


1984/07 Not Guilty Exonerated!


State Redress Suit filed in  civil court.

1991/07 Sendai D. C. Denied.


2006/07/05 Saito passes away.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Menda

免田

Kumamoto

1948/12/29

Menda Sakae


Incarcerated: 34 years



Murder, Robbery

~~~~~~

Yes


Summary


Menda became the first defendant (of only four) to be released from death row in the postwar era. 



Court Chronology


District Court 1950/03/23 Death


High Court  1951/03/19 Death


Supreme Court 1951/12/25 Death



Later Actions


56/08/10 Third Appeal for Retrial Accepted  (Kumamoto D.C.)

59/04/15 Request is cancelled (Fukuoka H.C.)

79/09/27 Sixth Appeal for Retrial Accepted (Fukuoka H.C.)

80/12/11 Prosecution's protest of retrial is rejected. (S.C.)

83/07/15 Not Guilty (Kumamoto D.C. Yachiyo Branch) EXONERATED!






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Midori-so

みどり荘

(Sleepwalking Case)

Kutsukake

Murder Rape

~~~~

Yes


Summary


After a young woman was raped and murdered, police interrogated her young male neighbor who was home and asleep during the Incident. Police forced him to confess to the crime "while I  was sleepwalking."



Court Chronology


District Court Guilty Life Imprisonment



High Court   Not Guilty Prosecution abandons  appeal. Decision is confirmed



Supreme Court



Later Actions



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Miki

1990

Miki Toshio

Assault resulting in death

~~~~~

Yes


Summary



Toshio Miki, 57 is charged with stabbing Hideo Shirasaki, 56, on a street, and leaving him critically injured on a street where he was struck by a motor vehicle on Nov. 11, 1990. Miki was arrested Oct. 13 2005, 27 days before the 15 year statute of limitations expired. The defense claims the DNA blood analysis on the knife was not credible.




Court Chronology


District Court 2006/04/09  13 years



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Misaki

三崎

Arai Masao


Murder x 3

~~~~~

Yes


Summary


Convicted for the murderer of a family of three. The culprit was seen running from the scene. Arai has a severe foot injury from a traffic accident which makes this impossible. His large shoes (27 cm) differ from the footprints left at the scene, and neither his clothes norcar showed  any blood . No other evidence links the defendant to the Incident.


Court Chronology


District Court  76/09/25 Death

Yokohama (Nasu branch)



High Court  84/12/18 Death

Tokyo



Supreme Court 90/10/16 Death



Later Actions


91/01 Files for retrial.

2009 Dies in prison

Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Missing Money/Nishioka

京都不明金


Kyoto

Nishioka

Embezzlement


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Mitaka

Tokyo

1949/07/15

IIda/Takeuchi 

9 others

Derailing a train

 and causing death


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court 1950/08/11 Takeuchi Life Imprisonment. Nine others not guilty



High Court 1951/03/30 Takeuchi sentenced to death. Nine others not guilty.



Supreme Court Appeal denied. Sentence is confirmed.



Later Actions


Takeuchi dies in prison seeking appeal.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Miyadai

宮代




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Moraga

2001 August

Tokyo

Nagano

Alejandro Moraga-Reyes

Chilean Citizen

Theft

~~~~


Summary


Chilean Alejandro Moraga Reyes, was accused of abetting and participating in the theft of a necklace and then a car. The court found that no necklace was stolen, and that Moraga was not complicit in stealing an automobile. The prosecution appealed and Moraga was reincarcerated on 03/05/29. (Reincareration is mostly applied to foreigners)




Court Chronology


District Court         2003/05/29      Not Guilty Suwa Summary Court


High Court           2004/08/17   Guilty:  Two Years of Labor


Supreme Court      2004/12/14      Guilty Confirmed.






Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Muraki

Tokyo

2009/June


Muraki Atsuko (F)

Forgery of Official Document

Summary


Muraki, a bureaucrat with the Welfare Ministry,  was charged with forging a document allowing commercial businesses to use reduced postal rates allowed to welfare organizations who aid the blind and physically challenged. 



Court Chronology


District Court        2010/09/11 Not Guilty


High Court             


Supreme Court





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Mure

牟礼

1950/04/13

Arrested 1952/10/03 

(2.5 years later)

Satoh

Two other co-defendants

Murder, Robbery,

Hiding the Corpse 


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  54/10/25 Death Tokyo 


High Court      57/06/20 Death Tokyo


Supreme Court 58/08/05 Confirmed



Later Actions

1960/02/12 1st Request for Retrial filed.

89/10/27 Satoh dies in prison

8th Request for Retrial is abandoned. 





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Nabari

名張

61/03/28

Mie

Nabari City

Arrested  61/04/02

Masaru Okunishi 35

Murder x 5

~~~~~


Yes


Summary


 Five women died at a town meeting afterdrinking wine laced with poison. The investigation focussed on those in possession of the wine that day, was narrowed to three people. The key suspect became thirty five year old Masaru Okunishi. Of the five women who perished, one was his wife and another was a lover. A great tragedy of Japanese justice, Okunishi was found not guilty in his first trial, guilty in the second.




Court Chronology


District Court  1964/12/23 Not Guilty



High Court  69/09/10 Death  Nagoya High Court



Supreme Court  1972/06/15    Confirmed



Later Actions


73/04/15 First Request for retrial is filed.

2002  7th request for retrial is filed.

2005/04/05 Request for retrial is granted. Prosecution files objection.

2006/12/26 Prosecution’s objection is granted, retrial is revoked.



Defendant Currently Housed at




Currently on death row in the Nagoya Detention Center.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Nakamura Kuniharu

Hiroshima

2001/01/17


Nakamura Kuniharu



Murder of mother and two daughters.


Summary


Nakamura, 39, a former company employee, was indicted on charges of strangling his mother, Sayoko, 53, at her home in the city's Nishi Ward around 3 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2001. He was also charged with setting fire to the house, killing his two daughters, Ayaka, 8, and Arisu, 6. The prosecution demanded death.



Court Chronology


District Court    2007/11  Not Guilty



High Court         2009/12/15 Not Guilty



Supreme Court



Later Actions








Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Niho

仁保

1954/10/26

Tamotsu Okabe 


Murder

~~~


Yes, claims he was tortured.


Summary



The defendant was charged with the murder of the family of six in Niho, Yamaguchi prefecture.


Court Chronology


District Court 62/6/15

Death



High Court 68/2/14

Death



Supreme Court  70/7/31 Disagrees with lower court decisions. Remanded to high court



Later Actions


1972/12/14   Not Guilty  Hiroshima High Court




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Nisan Sunny Case

DOI: 67/10/27

DOA: 68/04/27

Fukushima

Iwaki City

Saito 


Murder, Robbery, Theft


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  1969/04/02 Life Imprisonment


High Court  1970/04/16 Life Imprisonment


Supreme Court  1971/04/19 Confirmed



Later Actions


1988/05/01 Paroled



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Nishiyama Takichi

Tokyo

1972

Nishiyama

Exposing government documents in violation of the  National Public Services Law.


Summary


Arrested and charged together with a female Foreign Ministry secretary for exposing classified internal documents about the negotiation process behind Okinawa's reversion from U.S. occupation. Both were accused of violating the National Public Services Law. According to the reports, Japan shouldered $ 4 million in costs for the reversion under the secret agreement, which has been consistently denied by high-ranking Japanese government officials.





Court Chronology


District Court  Not Guilty



High Court       Guilty



Supreme Court  1978 Guiity Confirmed



Later Actions



2005 Files suit seeking 33 million yen for an illegal indictment after documents released by the USA proved his claim.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Nitsuchi

Niishi + Tsuchida-taku + Peace-can (Cigarette-can)

日土(日石・土田邸・ピース缶爆弾事件)


Tokyo

1969/10/24

1971/10/18

1971/12/18

DOA 1972/09


Masubuchi Toshiyuki 

増淵利行 

and 18  others.




Summary


On 10/18, a package delivered by two women inside the Japan Petroleum Company caused one person serious injury after exploding. On 12/18, Tamiko Tsuchida, wife of a high ranking police official, was killed opening a package that contained a bomb. Police seized Masubuchi, then a student of Hosei University, a member of the Lenin study group. The trial took ten years and the prosecution sought death for Masubuchi, and twelve year terms for two of the accomplices. At the end of the ten year statute of limitations, two of the real culprits admitted to two of the crimes.


Court Chronology


District Court  1982/03/24   Not guilty  Tokyo


High Court  1985/12/13  Not Guilty  Tokyo  (confirmed)


Supreme Court



Later Actions


In April of 1979, a red army faction activist, Masanori Wakamiya, testified that he was responsible for one of the Peace-can bombings of the police station. Since the statute of limitations had passed, he was not indicted. On May 25, 1982, Yoshiaki Makita, son of the president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, held a press conference and confessed that he and his associates, and not any of the accused, were responsible for the bombings. Since the statue of limitations had passed, he was not tried.


All the defendants brought suits against the state for redress, but only one received compensation.





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Noda 野田

Noda City, Chiba

1979/09/11

1979/09/29

Aoyama Tadashi

Murder

~~~

Yes


Summary


The accused is mentally challenged.



Court Chronology


District Court 1987/01/26  12 years



High Court      1989/09/06  Affirmed



Supreme Court  1993/12/20  Appeal rejected. Sentence confirmed.



Later Actions


1994/08/14  Defendant is released from prison.






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Noda #2

Noda

Murder, battery, rape.


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  90/03/15 Not guilty



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Ohmori Kangin Bank

大森勧銀事件

1970




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court 73/??/??  Life Imprisonment



High Court  78/??/??  Not Guilty



Supreme Court  82/??/??  Not Guilty decision is confirmed



Later Actions






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Ohsaki 

大崎

Kagoshima

1979/10/12

Haraguchi Ayako

(Nee Nakamura)

+ three others

Murder, Corpse Disposal


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  80/03/31 Haraguchi 10 years. Three others get 1-8 years.




High Court  1980/10/14 Haraguchi's appeal is rejected



Supreme Court  1981/01/30 Appeal is rejected.



Later Actions

95/04/19 Appeal for retrial is filed.

2002/03/20 Appeal for retrial is granted by Kagoshima District Court. Prosecution  soon appeals to Kagoshima High Court against the retrial. 2004/12/09 Kagoshima H. C. affirms the prosecution's appeal  and overturns the lower court's decision to reopen the case.

2006/01/31 SC affirms the prosecution's appeal and quashes retrial.






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Ohte-cho

大手町

1986/05/03


Murder, robbery, theft

~~~~

No


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  93/11/17 Life Imprisonment Hiroshima



High Court  00/2/22 Appeal is rejected  Hiroshima


Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Oike Double Jeopardy

Osaka

2007/5/5



Oike Osamu

尾池治

Arson, Murder x 3


Summary


In the first trial, the judge found the DVD confession to be unreliable, and that there are other suspects.  



Court Chronology


District Court  2011/Feb/16      Not Guilty



High Court     2011/Feb/23     Guilty  17 Years



Supreme Court



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Oita Marijuana Case


???

Receiving one kilogram of marijuana from an acquaintance.


Summary


Prosecutors sought a five year sentence and one million yen fine.



Court Chronology


District Court   2011/04/28  Not Guilty



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident



Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Okamoto Arson 

Tokyo

2009/September

Okamoto Kazuyoshi

Arson, Trespassing and Theft


Summary



Tried by a mixed jury system, Okamoto was accused of setting fire to an apartment, trespassing and stealing cash, but was convicted only of trespassing and theft.


Court Chronology


District Court  (Tokyo) 2010 July 18 months. Trespassing and Theft -guilty. Arson-not guilty.



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Okita Groping

Okita Mitsuo

Groping

~~~

No


Summary


September 2, 1999. After urging a young woman to speak quietly into her cellphone while aboard a Tokyo train, the woman reported Okita as a groper. He denied the charges and spent 21 days in confinement,after which, the charges were dropped. He filed a State Redress Suit against the police and a civil suit against the woman who accused him. Though the State Redress Suit ultimately failed, the Supreme Court in a Nov 2008 ruling vacated previous dismissals of his civil suit and reinstated the case against the woman.



Court Chronology


District Court  Civil Suit. 2006/04/10 (Lost) 



High Court



Supreme Court  2008/Nov/07  SC vacates lower court decisions against the woman and remands the case back for further hearing. 



Later Actions





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Okize/Matsunaga

沖縄ゼネスト警官死亡事件

Matsunaga Yoh

松永優 



Summary


On November 10, 1971, during a demonstration protesting the conditions put forward for Okinawa's reversion to Japan, a riot policeman was hit with a firebomb and died. The defendant tried to roll the officer to extinguish the flames. He was arrested and charged with murder.




Court Chronology


District Court (Naha)  1974/10/07 Guilty One year of labor suspended for two years.



High Court  1976/04/25  Not Guilty.



Supreme Court



Later Actions


Matsunaga sought damages of 15,000,000 and apologies in the 5 major newspapers.



1976/12/08 Tokyo District Court awarded damages of 3,500,000 yen  (no apologies).


1983/10/20         Tokyo High Court: confirms DC decision.

1989/06/29         Supreme Court disagrees and remands to HC.

1992/03/06          Tokyo HC erases awards.      







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Osaka Attempted Rape

2006/March

Unknown

Attempted Rape


Summary


 The accused admitted visiting the home of the defendant and throwing her to the ground, but denies the charge of attempted rape. According to the judge,  Judge Hiroshi Furukawa, "The testimony of the victim has been altered and shows deliberate lies. " 

Mainichi Shinbun 07/06/20 (Evening. p.10)




Court Chronology


District Court      Osaka DC 2006/12   2 and 1/2 years of labor


High Court          Osaka HC  2007/06/19 Not guilty 


Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Oume

青梅

10 defendants.

Overturning a train.

〜〜〜


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Oyajigari#1

親父狩り#1

(Adult Trial)

Osaka

2004

Fujimoto (Soh) Atsushi (29)

Okamoto Taishi (26)

plus 3  youths.

Assault/

Robbery

〜〜〜〜

No


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  2006/03/20 Not guilty Fujimoto &Okamoto



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


07/12/07 Osaka Family Court  

Reverses earlier ruling for 14 year old youth. 


2011/Jan/20  Osaka District Court finds that the interrogations were illegal and orders payment of 15,000,000 yen to five defendants in state redress suit!







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Oyajigari2 

 親父狩り#2

2004

Youths Trial

Three Youths (minors names may not be disclosed)

Assault

Robbery

~~~


Yes


Summary


On Feb 16, 2004, four youths mugged  an unknown middle-aged man. The victim turned out to be the honorable Kenji Torigoe,chief judge of the Osaka District Court. As the exhaustive investigation turned cold, police arrested 3 minors and forcefully extracted confessions. Two adults (Oyajigari #1) were also charged .


Court Chronology


District Court

Youth 1) 16 yr old: 04/July Sent to Medium Level Reformatory

Youth 2) 14 yr old: 06/Mar  Sent to Medium Level Reformatory

Youth 3) 13yr old: not incarcerated



High Court

Youth 1) 16 yr old:  2007/Jul  Family Court decision is nullifed.

                               2007/12/17 Dismisses Case (= not guilty)



Supreme Court



Later Actions


Youth 3) Files redress suit against the state. 07/April







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Rokko-san

六甲山事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Rosal

Matsudo City, Chiba

1997/11/09

1997/11/11

Rosal Manalili Villanueva

Filipina (aged 28)

Murder

~~

Yes


Summary


After spending a night in the hospital visiting her sick daughter, Rosal arrives home to find her live in partner laying on the couch in a pool of blood. An autopsy confirmed 52 stab wounds. Both Rosal and her ex-husband, who had  tried to break into the apartment the previous evening, were taken in forquestioning. Rosal, not under arrest, made a false confession after being illegaly detained and interrogated  around the clock for 10 days without access to attorneys or Consulate staff.



Court Chronology


District Court  2000/ 8.5 years  Chiba



High Court  2002/09/04   8.5 years  Tokyo



Supreme Court  Appeal abandoned. (Knowing that the Supreme Court appeal process is not calculated in time served, and expecting to lose, Rosal abanonds final appeal.)



Later Actions


03/06/03 In a separate civil suit against the police, Rosal is awarded two million yen for illegall confinement before arrest.

2007/ January   Paroled and  Deported to the Philippines




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Ryumon?

竜門


Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court Not Guilty



High Court 8 years.



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Sachiura

幸浦

1948/11/29

Four Men ages 19~45.

Murder x 4  /robbery/ arson

〜〜〜〜


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court 50/4/27

Three sentenced to death, One to labor.



High Court 51/5/8

Appeal is rejected


Supreme Court  57/2/14

Appeal is remanded back to the High Court



Later Actions

1959/2/28  (Tokyo High Court)  Not guilty


1963/7/9 (Supreme Court)


Prosecution's appeal is rejected. Innocence is confirmed


The village is now part of Fukuroi city.







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Saitagawa 財田川

Kagawa

1950/02/28


Taniguchi Shigeyoshi

Murder, robbery


Summary



One of four postwar death sentence exonerations.  The judge who heard the petition for retrial died quit the bench in order to defend Taniguchi. His hardwork was fruitful and the defendant was released after 34 years in prison.



Court Chronology


District Court     52/02/20 Death


High Court         56/06/08 Appeal Denied


Supreme Court   57/01/22



Later Actions


1979/06/07  retrial granted

1983/March   Former judge turned attorney Yano dies.

1984/03/12   EXONERATED



2005/07/26  Taniguchi dies.






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



San-oku-en

三億円事件





Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Sanrizuka

三里塚

Chiba




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Sasaki 

佐々木

1974/10/30

Sasaki Tetsuya

佐々木哲也

Murder x 2

~~~

Yes


Summary


Sasaki was convicted of killing his parents. He maintains his innocence.



Court Chronology


District Court 84/03/15 Death  Chiba



High Court 86/08/29 Death  Tokyo



Supreme Court 92/01/31 Death




Later Actions

Retrial has been filed



Defendant Currently Housed at


Death Row: Tokyo


Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Sayama  

狭山

1963/05/01

1963/05/23

Ishikawa Kazuo

Murder, Rape, Robbery

〜〜〜

Yes


Summary


 A young woman was kidnapped and a well written ransom note was delivered to herfamily. She was later raped and killed. Police arrested Ishikawa, a semi-literate Burakumin, and forced him to confess.



Court Chronology


District Court  64/03/11 Death


High Court   74/10/31 Life Imprisonment


Supreme Court 77/08/09 Confirmed



Later Actions



77/08/30 Request for retrial 

Ishikawa paroled in December1995.

05/03/157 2nd Appeal for retrial denied.

06/05/23 3rd appeal for retrial submitted to Tokyo High Court. (Exactly 43 years after original arrest)



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Shimada

島田事件

Shizuoka

1954/03


Akabori

Incarcerated: 34 years

Murder

~~~~~

Yes


Summary


Akabori, who is autistic, was arrested and charged for murdering a child. He is one of only four people whose death sentence was finalized by the Supreme Court, and was later found innocent.




Court Chronology


District Court  Death 1958/05/23 Death


High Court Death  1960/02/17 Death 


Supreme Court  1960/02/17 Death Confirmed



Later Actions


1986/05/30  Retrial granted Shizuoka District Court rejects 4th appeal. High court accepts and remands to district court for hearings.

1989/01       Not Guilty









Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Shimizu Kyoku

清水局




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Shimotakaido


Takano

Arson


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  2004/02/23 Not Guilty



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Shirahama 

Kagoshima


Shirahama Masahiro

aged 71 at time of trial

Murder and robbery of  an elderly couple


Summary


Prosecution demanded death.



Court Chronology


District Court  (Kagoshima) 2010/Dec/10 Not Guilty



High Court  On Appeal



Supreme Court



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Shirotori

白鳥

1952/01/21

Hokkaido

Sapporo

Kuniji Murakami

1952/10/01

Murder



Summary


An enormously important case, the first instance of a confirmed guilty verdict being overturned in postwar Japanese history.



Court Chronology


District Court 1957/05/07 Life Imprisonment


High Court      1960/05/31 20 years


Supreme Court 1963/10/17 Confirmed



Later Actions


Retrial Request is Filed


1975  Decision is overturned: not guilty.


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Shutou Multiple Murder

首都圏連続

殺人事件

Ono Etsuo



Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Soka

草加

1985/07/19

6 Youths aged 13-15

Murder

Rape

~~~

Yes


Summary


In July of 1985, a young woman was found dead and raped. Police arrested and extracted confessins from six youths aged between 13 and 15. Despite contradictions among the confessions, and the absence of  DNA materials among the suspects, all were sent to juvenile correction facilities. 



Court Chronology


District Court 85/09/06 Sent to reform school.  (Family Court) 


High Court 86/06/16  Appeal is rejected.



Supreme Court 89/07/20 Further appeal is rejected.

The Court refused to rule because the boys had already been released.



Later Actions


The victims parents brought a civil suit but were turned down by the Urawa District Court, establishing grounds for innocence. The Tokyo District Court reversed, and awarded damages. The Supreme Court disagreed and  remanded to the high court which did an about face and quashed the suit.  


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Sunagawa

1957 Sep




Summary


1955: Riots occur to prevent the enlargement of a US base. Nearly 1000 people are injured, 23 are arrested, 7 are prosecuted. In 1959, Tokyo District Court Judge Dahte rules the bases violate the constitution. After direct appeal to the Supreme Court,  the US ambassador secretly negotiatied with various Ministries and the Supreme Court. The decision was overturned and the defendant’s were found guilty. 



Court Chronology


District Court   1959/March   Not guilty


High Court



Supreme Court  1959 December. The earlier decision is overturned and remanded to the district court. 



Later Actions

1960 Jan: US-Japan Security treaty is signed.

1960 Jun  US-Japan Security treaty is ratified by the Diet.

1961 March Defendants are found guilty and fined 2000 yen.






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Tachikawa Leafletting Case

2004


Onishi Shouhei + 2 others

Illegal Entry

Trespassing


Summary


Three activists passed out leaflets at a Self-Defense forces housing complex protesting the use of Self Defense forces in Iraq . 41 days later, they were arrested . Despite the triviality of the charge, the defendants were confined for 75 days. 



Court Chronology


District Court  2004/12/16 Not guilty


High Court       2005/12/09 Decision reversed: guilty. Defendants were fined: 100,000 yen  (x2) and    200,000 yen  (x1).


Supreme Court



Later Actions



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Takaishi Primary School

高石小学校


Obscenity


Summary


The defendant, an elderly retired gentleman, who drove the school bus, was accused of molesting an eight year old girl. The girl's story, full of inconsistencies, was accepted by the court




Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Takeuchi 

Kochi Child Molestation

Takeuchi Shinichiro

Obscenity (Molestation)


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court      2003/03/_ _    Guilty



High Court          2004/06/_ _    Not Guilty



Supreme Court



Later Actions


Takeuchi won damages against the government for prosecutorial malfeasance against his wife.







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tanabe 

(Mito Child Drowning Case)

2002/07/28

2003/04/15


Tanabe Masaki

b. 1972

Kidnapping and Murder of a 22 month old boy

~~~~

Yes


Summary


Prosecutors allege that Tanabe became angered by the boy's crying while trying to sleep in his minivan in Toyokawa city, Aichi prefecture.. He abducted, transported, and then hurled the boy into the sea from a pier in Mito city. In the absence of material evidence, the district court found the confession unreliable. 




Court Chronology


District Court    2006/01/25  Not Guilty


High Court         2007/07/06  17 years


Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tatsuno

辰野




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Takamatsu

Tanaka 

田中将敬

Robbery, battery



Summary





Court Chronology


District Court    88/6/13 7 years imprisonment



High Court        93/4/22 Defense's appeal is rejected.



Supreme Court 94/4/12 Appeal is rejected. Sentence is confirmed.



Later Actions


Defendant dies during preparation for retrial



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Taki


Murder, Robbery


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court Life Imprisonment



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Teigin Bank

Tokyo

1948/01/26

1948/01/26

Hirasawa Sadamichi

Murder, Robbery

~~~

Yes, after 34 days of interrogation.


Summary


12 people died in a bank drinking medicine which was laced with poison. Investigators quickly surmised that the perpetrator had a deep knowledge of poisons and chemistry, probably a former member of the 731 Brigade. When the investigation failed to progress, they arrested 56 year old tenpera painter with no knowledge of chemistry.



Court Chronology


District Court     1950/07/24Death



High Court             1951/09/29 Death



Supreme Court     1955/04/26 Confirmed



Later Actions


87/05/10 Hirasawa dies in prison.  Aged 95

20th appeal for retrial filed 2003. 



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Three Insurance Fraud Cases


Hamada Takeshige


Murder Insurance Fraud

~~~

Admits one of the cases.


Summary


The defendant denies two of the three cases. This invalidates the death sentence.



Court Chronology


District Court 82/03/29 Death Fukuoka 


High Court 84/06/17 Death Fukuoka


Supreme Court  88/03/08 Death


Later Actions


00/06 Fourth Appeal for Retrial filed.


Defendant Currently Housed at



On death row in Fukuoka



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tokuda

徳田

Tokuda

Murder Arson +

other charges


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  Life Imprisonment



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tokumoto

徳本

Three defendants

Two are tried in absentia

Auto Theft


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court   1968 7 Years Kobe



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tokunaga

2000/June

Tokunaga Robert

Brazilian National

Excessive injury resulting in death


Summary


Brazilian Roberto Tokunaga was tried for causing excessive injury resulting in death to his 3 year old daughter. The prosecution appealed and Tokunaga was reincarcerated on 01/10/17 at the start of his second trial. (Reincareration is mostly applied to foreigners)

He is currently serving ______



Court Chronology


District Court        2001/05/24 Not Guilty 

Nagano District Court



High Court            2002/06/08 Guilty 5 years of labor.

Tokyo High Court




Supreme Court       2002/11/25 Confirmed.



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tokushima Radio

 徳島ラジオ商殺し事件

Fuji Shigeko (F)

Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court   1956 Sentenced to 13 years.



High Court



Supreme Court  1958 Sentence is confirmed.



Later Actions

1959 First Appeal for retrial is filed

          Second Appeal for retrial is filed

1962 Third Appeal for retrial is filed

1966 Defendant is provisionally released.

1968 Fourt Appeal for retrial is filed

1978 Fifth Appeal for retrial is filed

1979 Defendant Dies

1980 Appeal for retrial is accepted

1983 Retrial begins.

1985 Six years after her death, defendant is found innocent. 





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Tomiyama

富山

1974/10/03

Tomiyama Yasunobu


Murder


Summary


A person was killed in a fight among leftist political groups (chukaku-ha vs kakumaru-ha). One year later, despite having an alibi,police arrested. Five people gave eye-witness evidence which the first court found faulty and unreliable.



Court Chronology


District Court     1981/03/05 Not guilty



High Court          1985/06/26 Guilty  10 years.



Supreme Court    1987/11/10 Sentence is confirmed.



Later Actions


94/06/20 Request for retrial is filed.


95/12/19 Released from prison






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Toyama Rape Case

2002

Yanagihara Hiroshi

 (aged)

Rape


Summary


After the real culprit confessed, police apologized. "This case is a violation of human rights.No objective evidence was found in an investigation that was insufficient. We need to undertake investigations with more precision and prudence, especially in regard to statements by suspects." (2007/02/28).



Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Toyohashi Case

豊橋一家3人殺し事件

Aichi

1970/05/15

1970/08/28


Murder, Arson, Robbery and Rape

~~~~~~~~~~

Yes


Summary


A mother was raped and murdered, and her two children perished in a blaze. A 21 year old man was arrested and charged, and the prosecution asked for death. He was found innocent.  The case was never solved.




Court Chronology


District Court  1974/06/12  Not Guilty (Confirmed)



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Tsurumi

鶴見

1988 June 20

Takahashi Kazutoshi


Robbery

Murder

~~~~~


Yes


Summary


Arriving 30 minutes late for an appointment at a real estate office, Takahashi finds two dead bodies. He does not inform the police, and leaves with a bag of cash.  He is apprehended, and using the theft as a pretext, police extract a confession to murder. Though the contents of the confession, i.e., the murder tool, the escape route, and other statements conflict with the Incident, the court issues a death sentence based on circumstantial evidence.



Court Chronology


District Court  1995 Death  Yokohama D.C.


High Court 



Supreme Court 2006/03/26



Later Actions




www.bekkoame.ne.jp/ro/gh10639 


Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges



Ueda Toenail Case

Fukuoka

July 2007


Ueda Satomi (F)

Professional Negligence

Summary


Nurse Ueda was charged with cutting toenails of dementia patients too short, and causing them to bleed. She was incarcerated for three months.



Court Chronology


District Court        2009/March Guilty (six months in prison suspended for three years)


High Court             2010/09/16  Not Guilty    


Supreme Court





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Umeda

梅田

~~~~~

1950/Oct

Hokkaido

Kitami City

Umeda Yoshimitsu

Murder, Robbery

~~~~~~~

Yes to police.

Denied the confession in court


Summary


A forestry official was robbed and murdered. Two years later, Umeda was arrested




Court Chronology


District Court  Life Imprisonment



High Court  57/11 Confirmed



Supreme Court



Later Actions


71/05 Paroled

82/12 Retrial granted.

86/08 Not Guilty


07/06/20 dies.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Urayasu

浦安

2004/Feb

K (Prefers not to have name published).

Molestation x 2


Summary


The defendant, a teacher at a school for the mentally challenged, was charged with molesting two of the students.



Court Chronology


District Court  Not Guilty



High Court  Not Guilty



Supreme Court



Later Actions

The parents of the two children brought civil suit against Saitama prefecture and Urayasu city seeking 20,000,000 in damages. The courts awarded 600,000 yen. The case is being appealed.




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Utsunomiya Assault & Robbery

Withheld (Defendant is Mentally Disabled)

Assault, Robbery

~~~~~

Yes


Summary


A 53 year old mentally disabled man pleaded guilty to assaulting two junior high school girls, robbing a confectioner of 130,000 yen, and  later robbing a supermarket employee of 6,000 yen. 


Court Chronology


District Court After demanding a seven year term, prosecutors drop charges after another man confesses to the crime. 



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


2006/03 Bar Association issues warning to authorities over the case



Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Uwajima

98/??/??


Yes


Summary


Posecution requests decision of not guilty.



Court Chronology


District Court 00/??/??  Not Guilty


High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yakai

八海

1951/1/24


four people

Murder, Robbery



Summary





Court Chronology


District Court    1952/06/02  One defendant sentenced to death, three to life imprisonment.



High Court         1953/9/18  Defendant's appeal is rejected



Supreme Court  1957/10/5 Disagrees with lower court decisions. Orders retrial in high court.  



Later Actions


Four rulings

1959  High Court Not Guilty

1962 Not Guilty decision is overturned. Remanded to the High Court

1965  High Court Guilty

1968 Supreme Court Not Guilty





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yamakawa

or Deza

(友部)友部小学校女教デザ

(デザイナー殺人事件 / 山川事件)

1965/01/13

Yamakawa Shinya

Murder, Kidnapping


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  1966/02/28 Death


High Court  1968/12/19 Death



Supreme Court  1971/05/11 Death


Later Actions


75/03/04 Appeal for Retrial


77/05/21 Defendant commits suicide awaiting retrial.






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yamamoto

山本

1928/11/24

Yamamoto Hisao

Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court   1930/01/24 Life Imprisonment



High Court        1930/12/26 Life Imprisonment



Supreme Court  1931/04/08 Confirmed


Later Actions

1945/Nov      Paroled

1952/April     Sentence commuted to 20 years.

1983/09/09   Files Second Request for Retrial





Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yamanaka

山中

1972/07/26

Yamanaka

山中

Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  1975/10/27 Death


High Court  1982/01/19 Death


Supreme Court  1989/06/22 Remanded to High Court


Later Actions


Decision Overturned: Not Guilty.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Yamasaki Hit and Run

山崎ひき逃げ

 DOI 1986/06/17


DOA 1998/09/30

Yamasaki Kunio


Professional Negligence resulting in death.


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court In deliberation



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yamashita

山下

1984/03/22

Yamashita Akira

Murder


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Yokohama

横浜

1943

Kanagawa

About 30 defendants, four of whom died of torture in prison.

Violating the wartime peace preservation law

~~~

Yes, after torture.


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court  1945/08&09



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions


1986~2002: four requests for retrial made.

03/April. Yokohama DC accepts request for retrial. Prosecution protests.

05/March Tokyo HC upholds Yokohama DC decision. 

06/02/09 Yokohama DC . Trial is terminated without decision.

06/Feb Appeal is lodged with Tokyo HC.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yoneya

米谷

Yoneya

Murder, Rape


Summary


The defendant was charged with the rape and murder of an elderly woman.


Court Chronology


District Court  1952 Guilty


High Court  1953 Appeal is denied



Supreme Court



Later Actions


1966 Real criminal comes forward and confesses.

1968 Real criminal is found innocent.

1976 Retrial is reopened.

1978 Not Guilty.

State Redress Suit (Civil Court)

84/06 Tokyo  D. C. Denied.   88/04 Tokyo H. C. Denied.



Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Yoshida

吉田岩窟王

吉田石松老王事件

1913/08/13

Yoshida Ishimatsu

Murder, Robbery


Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?



Yura

由良

Hyogo




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


綾瀬母子強盗殺人事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


高隅事件

(鹿児島夫婦殺し事件)




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


市原両親殺害事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


浅虫

青森浅虫温泉放火事件

Aomori




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court 



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


湯河(湯河原放火事件)




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


八丈

八丈島事件




Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions







Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?


Yamagata Meirin Middle

School

1993

Seven defendants--name witheld because all are minors.

Murder and Robbery


Summary


The accused were found guilty of wrapping another student in a large gym mat which resulted in his death. Found guilty in the criminal courts, they were absolved of guilt in a civil trial.  



Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions




Defendant Currently Housed at






Case Name

Location

Date of Incident

Date of Arrest


Defendant's Name(s)

(Family  First)

F=female


Charges

~~~~

Confessed?






Summary





Court Chronology


District Court



High Court



Supreme Court



Later Actions