Yang’s deflection of blame may have backfired in arrest ruling: Experts

Staying with the disgraced chief justice. Now that he is in prison, eyes are on how
the prosecutors made its case before the judge to get that arrest warrant issued. Choi Si-young zooms in on how the court made
its decision. In a session that lasted almost six hours,
the prosecution, Yang and his lawyers… made their cases for and against arrest. Yang said an arrest isn’t justified,… but
this round went to the prosecutors. The court generally reviews four points before
issuing a warrant. First the allegations brought against the
accused have to be clear,… meaning that evidence links him or her to a crime. They also have to be serious… or undermine
the rule of law — as prosecutors put it, “the very foundations of law.” And the court should be able to see a risk
that the accused might destroy evidence or flee. The judge said Yang satisfied all counts except
the last one. Yang’s defense seemed to have backfired. He consistently called evidence against him
“false or manipulated” and blamed either his subordinates or lapses of memory. According to some experts familiar with the
case, those denials and deflections of blame might have aroused suspicions in the judge
that Yang could destroy evidence. Of course, Yang’s guilt, or lack thereof,
will be determined at trial. But this first test seems to indicate that
the judge favors the arguments of the prosecution, so it might be a struggle for Yang and his
team. Choi Si-young, Arirang News.

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