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Back from the DeadWrongful Convictions and Criminal Justice in China$
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He Jiahong

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824856618

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824856618.001.0001

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The Bowing to Public Opinion in Contradiction to Legal Principles

The Bowing to Public Opinion in Contradiction to Legal Principles

(p.81) Chapter Six The Bowing to Public Opinion in Contradiction to Legal Principles
Back from the Dead

Jiahong He

University of Hawai'i Press

In another case of “back from the dead,” She Xianglin was convicted of murdering his wife in 1994 and sentenced to death, though this sentence was later commuted to fifteen years' imprisonment. In 2005, She Xianglin's wife, presumed dead for over eleven years, reappeared and She Xianglin was soon released from prison, retried, and found not guilty. Based on analysis of the case, this chapter summarizes the effects of public opinion on the investigation and trial processes. The author concludes that the best way to balance conflicting interests and avoid bowing inappropriately to public opinion is to strictly adhere to the law in the handling of the case.

Keywords:   adjudication, public opinion, She Xianglin

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