How the execution of a mentally ill man who saved his last meal dessert "for later" delivered Bill Clinton into the Oval Office

The Death of Ricky Ray Rector Ricky Ray Rector grew up in Conway, Arkansas, just an hour’s drive from Bill Clinton’s own hometown of Hot Springs. From the very earliest days of his life, Ricky was considered different and strange. He had few friends, and while other children were out running around, Ricky sat under a tree playing alone with sticks. Those who saw him said he was dreamy and detached, “as if he were locked into some private daze of withdrawal.”

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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