Posted by Joel Martinsen on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM
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The retrial of Xu Ting: Two legal experts talk to The Economic Observer about the retrial of Xu Ting, who had his life sentence for ATM theft reduced to five years after a media outcry led the courts to reconsider:
When the case was returned to the lower court, the latter was under the impression that its superior was unhappy with the severe judgment, thus it started reviewing the case by arguing that the nature of "theft" in this case was unique as it was due to ATM malfunctioning. To alter the verdict, the lower court needed a legal ground, and found article 63 (2) of the Criminal Law that allowed the penalty to be mitigated based on unique circumstances of the case and with approval from the Supreme Court.
It’s important to have a recorder with you all the time. You never know when some drunk is going to burst into song whilst lying in the gutter. In Sparrow, Simon Yam challenges Ka Dung to steal the cop’s handcuffs when they’re outside a bar late at night. So I just pulled the recording I’d made earlier of some drunk guys singing karaoke. It was late one night, I was walking back from the pub, and I heard it echoing out an alleyway.
This four-story building provided entertainment in the form of music, shows and dining, and all the fanciest people were seen there. It had a rooftop garden and was one of three buildings in Beijing to sport an elevator. Its glory days were short however: a guest committed suicide here in 1918, and shortly after that the walls of another nearby pleasure-palace collapsed, killing yet more partygoers. That killed the local vibe, and marked the end of Xiangchang Lu as the Sunset Boulevard of its day.
They were "trained security personnel with the ability to cover and evacuate the torch bearer in the case of an emergency", Mr Qu said as he read from the BOCOG relay manual. "Flame attendants are deployed alongside and behind the torchbearer to respond to any immediate threat against the flame or the torchbearer."
Beijing could, at no great cost, change the way upstream agriculture operates and encourage the use of organic fertilisers instead of chemicals; the use of straw to feed livestock; dung to fuel methane power generation; and the by-products used as fertiliser – rather than being dumped into rivers. Beijing’s consumers could enjoy organic products produced upstream, the farmers could have a secure income and the rivers would be cleaner.
Even the district government where the park is located was invested in Midi 2008. Despite speculation that clamps on non-Olympic events pre-Olympics would do in the rockfest, the Haidian District was kicking in 500,000 yuan, according to Chinese reports. But it apparently would take a lot more than money right now for Midi to hire police, who are already required to provide heavy security for the fest to get the go-ahead from police. But no security means no permit, either.
The tbjblog also has a report.
Image from Maxim-IC.
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