Criminal Defence Lawyers Attacked Outside of Hunan Courthouse

Criminal Defence Lawyers Attacked Outside of Hunan Courthouse

Wang Fu, a criminal defence lawyer, was beaten and had his clothes ripped to shreds as he walked out of an Intermediate People’s Court building in Hengyang, Hunan. As the man was heading to the courtroom after exiting his vehicle, a woman asked him if he was Wang Fu. When he confirmed his identity, the woman started to beat him and a large group of people joined her. When lawyers Zhang Lei and Liu Jinbin arrived, they were also circled and beaten by the crowd. The majority of netizens showed no sympathy for the lawyers, saying that they deserved the beating and shouldn’t be defending bad people.

Source: Netease

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  • Necrogodomega

    Isn’t that the job of some lawyers? To defend the accused? And with China’s record of catching just anyone to say they caused a crime, well, people probably need defending.

    Then again, I’m not sure how often they really get bad people out of prison and keep good people out of prison. It’s kinda seemed to me that if you’re accused in China, you’re already guilty.

  • firebert5

    See, this is why we can’t have nice things…

    • mr.wiener

      Lawyers are nice things!?!
      I’m not saying the legal system we have in the west is the best….but when you consider the alternative….

      • firebert5

        Yeah, I was talking about in China, and the fact that even where there seems to be even a semblance of equal representation before the law, it gets stamped out either by the government or by the people themselves.

        • mr.wiener

          Tru sir, a necessary evil[?].

      • Jahar

        I’d say the right to an attorney is a nice thing.

  • bujiebuke

    I thought the people to bribe in China were the judges. Lawyers are there just for props with the furniture. Shouldn’t mobzilla go after the judge?

  • Jahar

    It seems like there should be more to this story. There’s just enough here to tell me what someone who was there told their friend.

  • silly peasants
    bad people don’t go to court