Many Criminal Defense Lawyers Jailed in China
The Philadelphia Inquirer today has a disturbing article about the jailing of outspoken criminal defense lawyers in China.
Lawyers viewed as troublesome, or those who vigorously toil on civil-rights or criminal cases, can face obstacles unknown in the West. They're beaten, disbarred, threatened and otherwise harassed. With surprising frequency, they follow their clients into the maw of China's prison system.
On the surface, China has the scaffolding of a functioning judiciary, with prosecutors, law schools, a tiered court system, and even occasional jury trials....scholars say there's less than meets the eye on protections of basic civil and legal freedoms. The presumption of guilt looms over all those accused of crimes.
The article provides a revealing glimpse into China's legal system.
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