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AUG 27, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Openness in Bo trial ended when he accused bosses

The Jinan Intermediate Court released a surprising amount of details from Bo's trial, issuing regular microblog posts and same-day transcripts that included testimony, cross-examination, details of evidence and defense statements. [...] the partial openness is less a sign of legal reform than of the leadership's desire to lend credibility to a process believed to have a foregone conclusion: a lengthy jail sentence for Bo for dragging the ruling Communist Party into a lurid scandal of corruption, murder and betrayal. "Publicizing details of the trial has paid off" for the authorities, said ... Read More

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