A Chinese court has handed down a 10-year jail sentence to Chen Xi, the second dissident in four days to be convicted of inciting subversion through online essays. ...To answer her question, the purpose of appealing is to demonstrate the trial court errors to another court. But her question is rhetorical, of course, as no one expects a Chinese appeals court to reverse a conviction.
"The judge said this was a major crime that had a malign impact," his wife, Zhang Qunxuan, told Reuters by phone after the trial. The judge said Chen was a repeat offender who deserved a long sentence, she added.
Chen has insisted he was innocent, but will not appeal. "The court ignored all the points raised by the defence lawyer at the trial, so what point is there in appealing?" said Zhang.
Are our American courts any better? We do not jail dissidents for writing subversive online essays. We just take their kids away.
We also have no effective appeals court. When have you ever heard about an appeals court reversing a child custody decision? It never happens in this county.
Here is what Judge Heather Morse wrote in her decision against me:
During our days of hearing, George did not appear to be mean-spirited, but rather physically incapable of perceiving why he was being prevented from having unsupervised time with his children. Whether as a result of a narcissistic personality disorder that could benefit from individual therapy (which George distrusts), or from a medical perspective of a biological disorder such as Asperger's Syndrome where individuals with genius I.Q.'s can have difficulties withsocial relationships, the court finds that the parties' time and money could be better spent to improve the parental relationships while there is still time to do so.This was after all five court psychologists testified that I did not have Aspergers or any other psychological disorder.
Not even a Chinese judge would say anything so outrageous.