Monday, December 11, 2006

The Virtual Personal Appearance of the Deceased: Unduly Prejudicial?

The Japan Times reports:
The Sapporo High Court has rejected a request by the bereaved parents of a junior high school student who died in a traffic accident in Hokkaido in 2003 to bring her remains to court hearings, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.


The parents were allowed to bring the remains into the courtroom at the district court. Misa's father, 35-year-old Hiroyuki Shirakura, said, "We would like Misa to attend the court hearings."

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