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.
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.
In China the question of whether a person is excused from criminal punishment by reason of mental incapacity is determined by an expert forensic evaluator who is a trained psychiatrist. There are about 2000 forensic psychiatric evaluators for all of China. The defense has no right to request an evaluation or hire his own experts, but may informally as that police, prosecutors or the courts do so. Their evaluation is rarely challenged, and many persons found ‘criminally insane’ will simply be released to their families. I guess, it’s clear why one would want to bribe them
This is not your Zhou Yongkang’s Political-Legal Commission. Following the ongoing discussion of the role of cops, procs and courts in preventing wrongful convictions, the political legal commission has apparently issued a guiding opinion weighing in on the matter. Will it be more successful in stopping wrongful convictions and police abuse than, well, the laws have been? Time will tell, but this is a promising sign of commitment to reform.