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Sahashi was back in court to have his appeal heard.
His lawyers still maintain that he is innocent and that his use of money from an employees' fund was to pay refunds and therefore does not amount to embezzlement. Sahashi was originally sentenced to three and half years for the crime.
This time, however, Sahashi invoked the name of Tsunehiko Maeda>. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he was the lead prosecutor in the Atsuko Muraki case who was arrested for tampering with evidence.
According to Sahashi, Maeda suggested that in changing lawyers he was get off with just a suspended sentence. When Sahashi refused the offer, Maeda told him he would get a stiffer sentence and go to jail for five years.
The prosecution replied that Maeda had minimal involvement in Sahashi's case and that the bulk of the investigation was done by Osaka Police investigators.
The end in the Sahashi saga appears to be near. A final ruling is slated to be handed down on December 2. That Sahashi would try and use Maeda as an excuse to get his decision overturned isn't much of a surprise. When it looks like he will be checking in at the Graybar Hotel, it's time for a Hail Mary play.