Light Sentences in Child Abuse Cases Trigger Public Outrage
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 11th, 2014
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The stepmother and biological father implicated in a child abuse case appear in court for their trials. 

Public outcry turned rampant Friday in South Korea when the court handed out relatively light sentences to parents convicted of beating their stepchildren to death, in two separate cases, according to the Korea Times.

A 35-year-old woman, only identified by her last name Lim, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she fatally beat her 8-year-old stepdaughter in Daegu. Her daughter died two days later in the hospital.

In Ulsan, a 41-year-old stepmother received a 15-year jail term for beating her daughter and breaking multiple ribs, one of which  pierced her lung and led to her death.

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SKorean Child Abuse Case Implicates Father, As Media Warned to Leave Surviving Sister Alone
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 10th, 2014
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The woman standing trial for fatally beating her stepdaughter tells Korean media,

“I never abused [my stepdaughter]. I raised her with love.”

The unsettling story of a South Korean stepmother accused of fatally beating her 8-year-old stepdaughter has just gotten even more disturbing after it was revealed that the deceased’s older sister is accusing their father of also beating them on several occasions and even of videotaping the little sister dying.

The dead girl’s 12-year-old sister, only identified by her last name Kim, apparently told police that her biological father videotaped her sister dying and later showed it to Kim, allegedly as a way to frighten her from telling authorities the truth, according to the South Korean daily newspaper The Chosun Ilbo.

The father is facing up to seven years in prison after the prosecution charged him for negligence.

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Man Arrested in Virginia Liquor Store Shooting
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 1st, 2014
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Police arrested a man in connection to the double shooting on Feb 15 at a liquor store in Clover Hill, Va., that injured the storeowner and killed his clerk, local TV station WHSV reported.

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office identified that suspect as Javon Lamont Arrington, a 21-year-old who now faces multiple charges including capital murder-robbery, attempt to commit capital offense, an aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of firearm in the commission of a felony.

The double shooting killed store clerk Eun Kim and injured Jae Kim (not related to Eun Kim), who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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Retired LA Building Inspector Jailed for Taking Bribes
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Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: March 24th, 2014
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A retired building inspector in Los Angeles was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for taking bribes during his 37-year tenure at the Department of Building and Safety, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Samuel In, who retired in 2011, was also ordered to pay the city $30,000. In pleaded guilty to felony bribery charges last year.

“I have disgraced my family and myself,” In told the court in an emotional plea for leniency, according to the Times. Continue Reading »

Pinkberry Co-Founder Given 7-Year Sentence for Beating Homeless Man
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Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: March 14th, 2014
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The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced to seven years in state prison for beating a panhandler with a tire iron in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Last November, a jury found Young Lee, 49, guilty of beating Donald Bolding in June of 2011, after Bolding flashed a tattoo on his body of a stick-figure couple having sex as Lee was in his car with passengers, including his fiancee, who is now his wife. Lee initially drove away from the scene, but returned shortly after and beat Bolding, who suffered a broken forearm and other injuries, according to prosecutors.

After his conviction he was held without bail because the judge said he presented a “significant threat to the community” for threatening a witness in the case. Continue Reading »

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