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Monday, May 31, 2010

Quick execution

The AP carried a story yesterday headlined, "China Executes Man Who Attacked 29 Children at School."

The article goes on to say, "A state news agency has said China has executed a man who attacked a kindergarten in eastern China last month, wounding 29 children and three teachers. Xu Yuyuan [was] convicted of attempted murder by the Taizhou Intermediate Court in the eastern province of Jiangsu....The 47-year-old Xu, who was unemployed, told the court during his trial in mid-May that he was venting his anger against society in the attack."

China is one of the countries consistently criticized for its human right violations. There will probably be no great international outcry after this execution, however.

We should be glad we live in the United States and not in China, for any number of reasons. The episode described above is not one of them, however. In cases where someone is obviously guilty, and there are multiple witnesses, and the accused has confessed, why should it take twenty years or more for a sentence to be carried out?

The Chinese must shake their heads in wonder at our justice-delayed-justice-denied legal system.

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