Monday, May 21, 2012
The Wu Ying case has been much in the news recently. She was originally sentenced to death, but the Supreme People's Court, on reviewing the death sentence, sent it back for re-hearing. (Remarkably, it managed to do so despite finding no flaws in the fact-finding, application of law, or process.) The Zhejiang Higher People's Court (at the provincial level) changed the sentence to death with a two-year reprieve. This kind of sentence is almost always commuted to a life sentence at the end of the two-year period.
The Zhejiang court took this action without holding a public hearing. That's allowed under Art. 9 of 最高人民法院关于复核死刑案件若干问题的规定, a set of rules on death penalty review procedures issued by the Supreme People's Court.
Here are two sources: