Tim Johnson: Chinese outraged over false convictions

From Detroit Free Press: Internet postings decry police and courts.

An unusual heated public debate has arisen in China over the of two men for murder, one of whom was executed.

The two cases have cast a spotlight on police using torture and beatings to extract confessions from criminal suspects, and the lack of effective appeal procedures.

Government censors have permitted an outpouring of anger on the Internet and in newspaper editorial pages over the miscarriage of justice, allowing momentum to build for judicial changes.



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