Letters ‘could affect’ death penalty review
“His words in the letters let the public see that he pleads guilty and repents his wrongdoing,” said Jiang Jiawei, a 28-year-oldShanghairesident. “This is the first step to gain forgiveness from the public.”
Favorable public opinion would win him favor in the final decision of the nation’s highest court, said lawexperts.
Yi Shenghua, a Beijingbased criminal lawyer, said that 10 to 15 percent of the death penalty cases reviewed every year are overturned.
“The ratio is around 50 percent when it comes to murder cases that involve one victim and that fall into the category of personal conflict and the defendant proposes compensation,” he said.
“The media and public attention on a case would make an impact on its final verdict,” he added.
Li Yunlong, chairman of the Criminology Research Council of Jiangxi province, said that according to the current policies concerning the death penalty, Lin does not fall into the category of those who must face a death sentence.
“His confession might bring a favorable turn, and there’s some probability that he can be reprieved from the death penalty,” he said.