Shen Deyong continues to push the Zhou Qiang court’s commitment to the presumption of innocence, and strict requirements of evidence in both sentencing and adjudication. Calling on the courts to work together with police and procuratorates to raise the quality of evidence gathering, presentation, debate and acceptance, and to recognize the equal and legitimate role that defense attorneys play in this process.
The SPC’s Executive Vice-president, Shen Deyong, made waves saying that for the sake preventing wrongful convictions , it would be better to let an guilty man walk than have an innocent man be punished. The SPP’s Deputy-Chief, Zhu Xiaoqing says not on his watch, citing the unrealistic pressures this would put on police and prosecutors, and the unintended ways it would impact their behavior.
Still Crazy After All These Years:: Over a Quarter-Century after China Began Drafting its Mental Health Law, a system for regulating compulsory treatment and involuntary commitment is promulgated. This original essay with downloadable charts explains and compares China’s new rules for commitment of the mentally ill.