Benjamin CarlsonDecember 3, 2012 12:54
HONG KONG — It's been a dismal month for the rule of law in China. On Friday, Chen Kegui, the nephew of blind activist Chen Guangcheng, was summarily tried, convicted, and sentenced to three years and three months in prison for fighting with local officials the night after his uncle's escape. Nobody in his family was informed of the trial until shortly before it began. Legal observers say it all bodes poorly for hopes of legal reform under the new regime in Beijing.