Zhang Yingyings Lawyers Analysis of Five Characteristics of Defence Witness Selection: The Purpose is to Evade Death Penalty

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 Zhang Yingyings Lawyers Analysis of Five Characteristics of Defence Witness Selection: The Purpose is to Evade Death Penalty


It is reported that the witnesses summoned by the defense include Christensens father, uncle, uncle, ex-wife, his childhood playmates, neighbours, high school and graduate students, primary and secondary school teachers, University professors, colleagues and directors working as assistants during postgraduate period, and three counseling officers at the University of Illinois Psychological Counseling Center. Dr. Susan Zoelling, a counseling specialist hired by the defence lawyer, is also involved.

In order to avoid the death penalty, the defence chooses witnesses in this way.

Wang Zhidong, an attorney representing Zhang Yingyings family, told Xinhua. com that we know that the purpose of the defense is to prevent Christensen from being sentenced to death. Therefore, in selecting witnesses, the defence has the following characteristics:

First, kinship.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said that the defense deliberately chose Christensens father to open the court and tried to impress the jury with his tearful testimony. The witnesses at the end of the defense were Christensens mother and sister, and their sad testimony was predictable.

Second, change.

The defense chose the witnesses in Christensens life to prove that he was a normal person, even quite outstanding. A year or two before the crime, he had changed a lot. Alcohol abuse was the main reason, which led to a sharp drop in academic performance and the end of his marriage.

DATA FIGURE: The defendant in Zhang Yingyings case, Christensen.

Third, psychology.

The defense first summoned three counselors from the University of Illinois Psychological Counseling Center to testify, and then Dr. Zuo Lin, an expert witness, proved that the counseling center did not take necessary follow-up and measures in accordance with normal procedures after knowing that Christensen had suicidal and homicidal tendencies.

Fourth, shift the buck.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong pointed out that the defense lawyer tried to ascribe the defendants criminal acts to the responsibility of others. For example, it attributes alcoholism to family heredity, and then to the decline in performance, marital breakdown, and alcoholism. It even attributes the final homicide to the psychological counseling center did not follow up according to the procedure.

Fifth, pressure.

Christensens father had said in his testimony that he seemed to accept the death penalty, but he could not imagine his sons actual execution, saying that he could not bear to imagine it. Lawyer Wang Zhidong said, This may be his real idea, or the deliberate effect of the defense lawyer, that is, to tell the jury members that you sentenced him to death today, when he was really executed, whether you can accept it calmly, is that you deprived him of his life.

Three possibilities of jury

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said Christensens mother and sister will testify in court on July 15, American time. The sentencing trial is estimated to be one to two days away. The case will be handed over to the jury again after the prosecution and the defence make their closing statements respectively. The jury can discuss the time to make a decision from a few hours to a week or two. Lawyer Wang Zhidong pointed out that there were three possibilities for the jurys conclusion. The first, 12:0, agrees to death penalty; the second, 12:0, agrees to life imprisonment without bail; and the third, if no agreement is reached, the penalty is life imprisonment without bail. That is to say, as long as a jury member strongly disagrees with the death penalty, Christensen will be sentenced to life imprisonment. Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Liu Yuxin_NBJS7825

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said Christensens mother and sister will testify in court on July 15, American time. The sentencing trial is estimated to be one to two days away.

The case will be handed over to the jury again after the prosecution and the defence make their closing statements respectively.

The jury can discuss the time to make a decision from a few hours to a week or two.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong pointed out that there were three possibilities for the jurys conclusion. The first, 12:0, agrees to death penalty; the second, 12:0, agrees to life imprisonment without bail; and the third, if no agreement is reached, the penalty is life imprisonment without bail. That is to say, as long as a jury member strongly disagrees with the death penalty, Christensen will be sentenced to life imprisonment.