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The Last Straw for Trust in China’s Courts?

At The Atlantic, Jiabao Du explains how a rape and murder trial in Hebei shows a deep lack of faith in China’s courts following a string of high-profile wrongful convictions. Wang Shujin was sentenced to death in 2007 for...

CCTV Pre-Execution Spectacle Polarizes Viewers

Drug lord Naw Kham and three other foreigners were executed in Kunming on Friday for the 2011 killings of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong River. State broadcaster CCTV aired the prisoners’ final hours, together with...

Reflections on Chongqing

Among the stories being revisited in Chongqing following Bo Xilai’s fall from power is that of Beijing lawyer Li Zhuang, imprisoned after his own clients were coerced into falsely accusing him. At Economic Observer, Li...

Forensic Expert Explains Challenge to Heywood Story

This week, senior forensic scientist Wang Xuemei published a blog post challenging the official explanation for the death of British businessman Neil Heywood. Gu Kailai, whose husband Bo Xilai will now face charges related to...

Gu Kailai Found Guilty of Heywood Killing

Gu Kailai, wife of deposed Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai, and family aide Zhang Xiaojun were declared guilty on Monday of the intentional homicide of British businessman Neil Heywood. Zhang was sentenced to nine years for his...

Verdict in Heywood Murder Trial Due Monday

The verdict in Gu Kailai’s trial for the murder of Neil Heywood is to be announced on Monday, according to Reuters: “The verdicts for Gu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun will be announced at 9 a.m. on Monday,” an...

Two Charged in USC Shootings

Two men have been charged with the recent murders of two Chinese students in Los Angeles, and could face the death penalty. The case stirred up resentment of China’s growing income inequality when early reports falsely...

Detentions for 1994 Murder of Environmentalist

Economic Observer reports that six men have turned themselves in to Qinghai police over the past month in connection with the 1994 murder of a well-known protector of the Tibetan antelope. Three other suspects remain at large....

Dark Secrets of Death in China’s Mine Shafts

When details of coal mine murder-extortion plots in Beijing began to surface, some cinema fans noted the murders’ striking similarity to those in the 2003 film Blind Shaft. But as a Caixin article reveals, sometimes the...

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