‘Court of law should not be af­fected by pub­lic opin­ion’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Jus­tice is blind and must be seen to be blind, a lead­ing so­ci­ol­o­gist said, amid heated pub­lic dis­cus­sion over a con­tro­ver­sial case.

Ju­di­cial bod­ies, es­pe­cially courts, must al­ways be ob­jec­tive and re­main unswayed by pub­lic opin­ion, no mater how dif­fi­cult, said Wang Ping, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Chi­nese So­ci­ety for Ju­ve­nile Delin­quency Preven­tion Re­search.

Wang was speak­ing against the back­ground of the case in­volv­ing Li Tianyi, son of Li Shuangjiang, a fa­mous army singer.

The son is a sus­pect in a rape case that has sparked wide­spread pub­lic de­bate.

“It’s just a crim­i­nal case,’’ Wang said, adding that whether the sus­pect is a celebrity’s son or not makes no dif­fer­ence.

Com­ments from var­i­ous par­ties in­volved in the case have been re­ported by the me­dia, but this is not a wel­come de­vel­op­ment, he said.

Lan He, le­gal coun­sel of Li’s fam­ily, be­lieves it is good to stay quiet be­fore the trial and let the facts speak for them­selves in court.

Pub­lic opin­ion is one thing, but it has no place in a court of law, he said.

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