Assembly Endorses Six Supreme Court Justices

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The National Assembly approved the six appointees as Supreme Court justices through their confirmation vote yesterday.

Four of the six candidates for the Supreme Court received approval by an overwhelming majority of the 252 lawmakers, with Park Jae-yoon and Kang Shin-wook being the exceptions.

The fewer number of ``yes'' votes for Park and Kang was attributed to their controversial careers as judge and prosecutor in charge of two controversial cases involving the handover of Samsung SDS stocks and a dissident's suicide in the early 1990s.

During the confirmation hearing, Park underwent a grim trial due to his ruling in favor of family members of Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee over their disputed acquisition of Samsung SDS stocks, while Kang was subject to a harsh inquiry on his role of investigating a suicide case whose results invited protests from the dissident circle in the early 1990s.

Compared to the four others, who won more than 200 votes out of 252, Park and Kang won just 170 and 178 votes, respectively.

During the confirmation process, the opposition Grand National Party adopted cross voting for the first time at the 16th Assembly by allowing GNP lawmakers to cast votes using their own discretion.

Before the voting, Rep. …