Taiwan High Court presiding Judge Cheng Ya-ping (
The pan-blue camp-driven case has been heard by Cheng and her colleagues Wu Mo-yen (
The pan-blue alliance filed two lawsuits on behalf of its presidential candidates -- Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (
The lawsuit, which alleges vote fraud took place and to which Cheng will render a verdict on Thursday, was the second of two lawsuits filed by the blue camp. The first suit sought to annul Chen's re-election, and on Nov. 4, Taiwan High Court Judge Wu Ching-yuan (
Cheng's husband, attorney Liu Shu-lun (
Yu's husband, attorney Lu Jung-hai (
However, Cheng remained neutral during the court proceedings. She even expressed disappointment with the pan-blue camp's lawyers during the first hearing on May 5.
"According to the vague indictment you presented, obviously, you did not try your best," Cheng said to the blue camp's legal team while presiding over the case.
"A lawsuit is not about complaining in court. It is about trying to persuade judges with strong arguments," Cheng said at the time.
She also said the blue camp's arguments were not clear and its attorneys failed to provide sufficient evidence to support their arguments.
"If you are angry, you will not be able to come up with a good argument," she told the blue camp's lawyers.
Prior to the May 5 hearings, Cheng complained about a Chinese-language newspaper report which claimed she and her fellow judges were biased in favor of the pan-blue camp. After the report, Cheng asked the lawyers of either side if they wanted to apply for new judges based on the allegations, but the lawyers said it was not necessary.
Ironically, Cheng, Wu and Yu were assigned to hear the case after the objectivity of the original judges was called into question.
Citing her Christian beliefs, Cheng said that those in the legal profession, whether they are judges, prosecutors, lawyers or court clerks, should try their best to deal with cases without passion or bias. "My job as a judge is to preside over every case as fairly as possible," she said.
Possessing a law degree from the National Taiwan University's Law School and a bachelor's degree from Soochow University, Cheng has devoted herself to the court system ever since she passed the national exam for judicial officials in 1979.
Unlike others who aspired to a legal profession out of a sense of justice, Cheng admitted she did not initially want to study law.