USA | Parkland Case Challenges Us All to Figure Out What a Mass Murderer Deserves

The ongoing sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz, the 23-year-old Florida man who in 2018 murdered fourteen students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, will test whether the seven men and five women on the jury hearing his case can hate the sin but muster the courage to spare the life of the sinner. That is exactly what his defense team is asking them to do as they sit in judgment of the person who perpetrated one of this country’s most brutal mass murders. Like many death penalty defense lawyers before them, Cruz’s lawyers, to their credit, have not downplayed the gravity of the horrors their client inflicted in Parkland, Florida. Instead, during the sentencing trial, or what the journalist Dahlia Lithwick once called a “trial of the heart,” they have focused their attention on who Cruz is and the factors that shaped his life. As the Supreme Court said more than fifty years ago, in capital cases those who impose the sentence must consider “

China | Man Who Arranged Girlfriend's Murder Sentenced to Death, Former Justice Minister Given Suspended Death Sentence

A man in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, who lured his girlfriend to faraway Yunnan province and then asked two accomplices to kill her, was sentenced to death in Kunming, Yunnan on Tuesday.

The man, Hong Qiao, killed Li Qianyue, in July 2020 over a dispute that arose during their dating. He then colluded with two of his friends and made specific plans to kill her, the Yunnan Higher People's Court said.

The court said that Hong tricked the 21-year-old college student to fly to Jinghong, Yunnan, which was about 2,000 kilometers away, on July 9, 2020. 

She was then lured to a suburban park, where she was killed by the two accomplices, who had already dug a hole to bury the body.

The court confirmed that Hong provided money and some of the tools for the murder. The three also practiced the killing method many times.

Hong appealed after he was sentenced to death by the Intermediate People's Court of Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture in July this year, claiming that he had mental disorders. He pleaded not guilty.

The higher court rejected his claim of mental disorders and said he had showed no remorse for his actions.

The 2 accomplices were sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.

Source: chinadaily.com.cn, Staff, September 22, 2022

Former Justice Minister Given Suspended Death Sentence

Former justice minister Fu Zhenghua has been handed a suspended death sentence on Thursday for accepting bribes and bending the law for personal gains, state media reported. 

Fu was given the death penalty with a 2-year reprieve which will see the 67-year-old serve a lifetime jail sentence if he does not commit a crime during the initial 2-year period. 

Authorities emphasized that even after the 2 years, Fu will not be able commute the sentence or seek parole.

An intermediate court in Changchun in the northeastern province of Jilin convicted Fu for accepting more than 117 million yuan ($16.5 million) in bribes directly or through relatives between 2005 and 2021. 

In exchange, Fu abused his power to create favorable conditions in business operations, job placements and case handling, during his past positions as public security deputy minister.

Source: Caixin Global, Staff, September 22, 2022

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