Judicial Yuan orders adultery interpretation

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 01, 2020
By: Chen Wei-tzu and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Council of Grand Justices hears arguments on whether the nation’s law on adultery is unconstitutional in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

Senior judges yesterday met to discuss the constitutionality of a law that makes adultery a criminal offense, before being ordered by Judicial Yuan President Hsu Tzong-li (許宗力) to set a date for a constitutional interpretation within the next month.

The judges met to discuss Article 239 of the Criminal Code on offenses against marriage and family, after 18 judges had called for a constitutional interpretation of the issue.

Taipei District Court Judge Lin Meng-huang (林孟皇) said that while he had previously tried adultery cases and never questioned the law, his feelings changed when trying a case last year involving baseball star Wang Chuan-jia (王傳家).

During that case evidence was presented showing Wang naked in bed with a female fan surnamed Tu (杜), which later became public, and Lin felt this was a violation of Wang’s personal privacy, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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