Pleas over capital punishment verdict in China - Caixin Online - MarketWatch: "BEIJING ( Caixin Online ) — No tears are shed when an ex-government official is sentenced to die for corruption. Indeed, rarely does a condemned criminal elicit even a gram of public sympathy in China.
Which is why the soul-searching and pleas for mercy for death row inmate Wu Ying have been so remarkable, and why her unusual court case is shaking the nation’s perceptions of entrepreneur financing and an enormously popular, but thinly regulated, private lending sector.
Public opinion, most notably expressed in the blogosphere, has been rallying behind this young, former millionaire for nearly a year. Leading economists and legal experts have analyzed her case at length. Scholarly seminars have focused on the broad implications of her conviction and unexpected — some say undeserved — death sentence."
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