On the 23rd, MBC's 'PD Notebook' drew attention for covering the handling of sex crime rulings and gender sensitivity of judges that rule on sex crimes contrary to the public's legal sentiment.
Recently, a public petition was filed against Judge A in charge of "Nth Room case." The petitioner asked "for a change in the judge" writing that "the same judge that ruled Goo Hara's ex-boyfriend and Jang Ja Yeon's assailant innocent is the judge assigned to the Nth Room case."
However, this wasn't just a matter involving Judge A. Reportedly, over the past decade, 41.4% of all sex crime rulings received suspended sentences with 71.6% of the criminals avoiding prison. Son Jung-woo who ran the worlds largest child molka site received a 1.5 yr prison sentence in Korea when he would've received at least 15 years in the U.S, sparking criticism that Korea is lenient with sex crimes.
According to 'PD Note', the biggest factor in reducing sentences is agreement with victims as evident in actor Kang Ji-hwan's sexual assault case. Other criminals are using more creative methods like obtaining "psychiatric records" and citing "serious reflection."
Another factor is gender insensitivity. One judge openly expressed his values during trial stating that "it was morally problematic for women to drink and have sex."
Lawyer Kwon In-sook stated, "the court's opinion of women is usually the key to ruling."
sources: dailynaver, Star Today