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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...

Crime rising in 2005 – Tian Yu and Bu Yuntong

From Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese), translated by CDT (link): The total number of criminal cases handled by local courts and the number of convicts sentenced last year were, respectively 684,000 and 845,000, up 6.2% and 10% respectively over 2004, according to Xiao Yang, president of China’s Supreme People’s Court. Xiao indicated that the public […]

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 wrongful convictions 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 […]

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