July 27, 2006

AT THE POINT WHERE THEY ALLOW STAND-OFFS THEY'RE DONE:

Chinese rule-of-law activist becomes a case in point (Robert Marquand, 7/28/06 The Christian Science Monitor)

"This is justice in the Chinese countryside, not like Zhang Yimou's candied film version," says Jerome Cohen of New York University, who is assisting Chen. "There are no kind, avuncular public security officers or judges to mete out justice. They can instead be found surrounding his house. No local lawyer has been willing to help, and Beijing lawyers who have sought to defend Chen have been repeatedly beaten."

Chen's challenge to country justice makes him a kind of Rosa Parks of China. His standoff with Linyi authorities and Mayor Li Qun, who served briefly as assistant to the mayor of New Haven Conn., has captured the imagination of legal reformers here and top foreign legal eagles - raising the question of whether law in China is a tool for control or is evolving into a system to adjudicate justice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2006 8:02 PM
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