Graft Probe Targets Supreme Court Justice

From Caijing Magazine: The vice president of the Supreme People’s Court of China has been sacked after becoming the nation’s highest justice official ever targeted by a Communist Party investigation. Huang Songyou lost his job...

SPC Relaxes Death Sentence Rules – Xie Chuanjiao

From China Daily: The Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on Thursday relaxed its rules on imposing death sentences, while reiterating its stance of preserving capital punishment. “All criminals that can be sentenced without the need for immediate execution should be given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve,” a SPC document on improving criminal trials said. […]

Number of Executions Falling Sharply in China – Jim Yardley

From International Herald Tribune: China, which puts more inmates to death than the rest of the world combined, is reporting fewer executions this year after reinstating a requirement that every death sentence must be reviewed and approved by the country’s highest court. Ni Shouming, a spokesman for the Supreme People’s Court, said lower courts across […]

China to Lower Number of Death Sentences – Scott McDonald

From AP: China should reduce the number of death sentences it carries out, but the world’s leading executioner of prisoners cannot afford to do away with capital punishment altogether, the country’s top legal bodies said. In a joint statement released late Sunday, the Supreme People’s Court, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Justice and the […]

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