An American amateur horticulturalist
was sentenced to jail for being too creative in selecting
Forget what happened in the O.J. Simpson trail. Just today
Casey Anthony, who was charged with abusing and killing her
2-year old daughter, walked out of the prison cell (nytimes.com);
but Julie Bass, who cultivates the plants in her garden,
is about to be locked behind bars for the crime of growing
plants that are edible.
The verdict on Casey Anthony has incited outrage from people
in the United States who had watched the televised trial
and generated venomous online denouncements, while the sentence
of Julie Bass also attracted fair bit reducers from various
However, not everyone thinks those American judges are nutcakes.
Chinese judges, they are the idols whom they worship.
Recently a man in a Yunnan village raped and murdered a
young woman who refused to marry him, and also killed her
three-year old brother by smashing the toddler's head against
the steel door frame. But the judge
challenged China's conventional judicial practice by
rejecting to deliver capital punishment for the reason that
the victims were acquainted with the perpetrator and that
- more importantly - the judges in the West may not send
such criminal to death row.
The verdict on the brutal murder case incited outrage from
people in China who had followed the trial and generated
venomous online denouncements.
However not everyone thinks that Chinese judge is a nutcake.
A woman TV host at the state-run central television station,
who previously tenderly referred to a killer who stabbed
eight times on his victim run over by his car as "that
child", told the public that to protest against a judge's
decision is an act of disrespecting the law which will discourage
the judges to be more initiative and creative in handling
verdict in future. (尊重法官的选择就是在尊重法律，如果不支持法官做出这样的选择的话，他们就无法去做出更多的探索。)
Her boldness to ill-defined judges' role in the judicial
system and her sympathy persistently displayed for the perpetrators
are disturbing ... or may be not. Her mind set is actually
quite in line with many of her people who consistently and
openly attribute their Manchurian ancestors' genocide
of native Chinese as romantic heroism.
China is indeed in a mess, just like the United States,
thanks to those who try so hard to make China imitate all
things that are defined as distinctive American style.
Here are some online feedbacks from china.com on that woman
TV host's comments:
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