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Posts published in September 2013

4 points on the Li Tianyi rape case

Li Tianyi, the son of a Chinese general, was sentenced to 10 years for rape. As in any country, the trial excited the public's imagination because of its salacious nature and the insight it offered into the world of privileged celebrity. This article , translated from the Chinese, accurately reflects how the courts explain their verdict to the public, addressing the public's areas of biggest concern.

Update on internet rumors

The 16 year old Gansu boy mentioned in a previous post for having been detained for his internet comments questioning police conduct has been released! What, if anything, does it mean?

Criminal Law of the PRC 2011 (including 8th Amendment)

中华人民共和国刑法(2011年修正)       【颁布单位】全国人大常委会                        【颁布时间】2011-02-25 【生效时间】1980-01-01                            【时效性】已修正   中[……] Read more


This is a quick not-quite translation of an article that is full of interesting information about how Beijing is implementing the CPL. I just this very faithful summary in English rather than translate the original, but the increasing amount of skepticism as the article progresses is in the original. There's lots of good things happening, but plenty to work on as well.