章莹颖案启动量刑阶段审判 嫌犯能否死刑或两周后揭晓

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2019年7月8日,美国时间,张莹莹进入量刑试验阶段。由于案件属于绑架罪,对犯罪嫌疑人克里斯滕森的处罚只是终身监禁或死刑。根据联邦法律,陪审团必须决定是否适用死刑。

在2011年伊利诺伊州废除死刑后,被告面临联邦死刑的第一审案,最终将如何判断?犯罪分子可以得到他们应得的惩罚吗?答案将在两周内公布。

如果陪审团的意见不同,陪审团不会被判处死刑。

当地时间6月24日,陪审团同意克里斯滕森被判犯有绑架罪和两项虚假陈述罪。

与定罪阶段相似,检方和辩方的律师将再次就量刑问题作证。检方将解释被告应被判处死刑的原因,辩方将驳斥此事。

陪审团成员还必须就死刑判决达成一致。如果一个人不同意,被告将不会被判处死刑。预计量刑阶段将持续约两周。

张莹莹的家人律师王志东说,当检察官办公室首先询问张某对被告处罚死刑的评论时,张某的家人已明确表示“受感化者要考虑并要求判处死刑” 。

一些专家指出,是否可以判处死刑取决于犯罪的主观恶性程度,方法的残酷性以及嫌疑人与检方之间的合作。

根据美国联邦法律,嫌疑人的三项指控足以判处死刑或无期徒刑,但伊利诺伊州早在2011年就废除了死刑。

虽然该案件是由联邦法院审理的,但理论上联邦刑法可以超越国家的立法判决,但作为判例法国家,这种超越性判决很难在伊利诺伊州没有先例的情况下完成,陪审团需要极大的勇气和高度共识。可以实现。

The defense used the trick: requesting a postponement of the trial

However, in order to escape the death penalty, the defense is doing its best.

On June 28th and July 2nd after the conviction stage ended, Zhang Yingying’s suspect Christensen’s lawyer twice filed a motion with the court to exclude part of the evidence from the prosecution or postpone the trial period in the sentencing phase until July. Starting on the 29th.

The reason for the defense is that the evidence that the prosecution will present in the sentencing phase includes interviews with seven friends of Zhang Yingying, and these videos last for 17 hours and are all conducted in Chinese. Since part of the video was taken 8 months ago, the defense also believed that the prosecution submitted these new evidence within one week before the trial, and there was a suspected evidence raid. The defendant’s lawyer requested that the evidence be excluded or that the defendant be allowed enough time to hire someone to translate the evidence.

In this regard, on the morning of July 3, local time, Judge Shadi dismissed the defendant's lawyer's motion, and requested the prosecution lawyer to provide as much as possible the part of the evidence in the sentencing stage that already had the translation. Regarding the need to limit the amount and timing of Chinese evidence based on possible duplication, it is left to the ruling during the trial.

Lawyer Wang Zhidong said that the defendant’s lawyers used various reasons and various excuses to postpone the trial, which is already their usual trick. For their approach, it should not be surprising.

He pointed out that the defense's request ignored the possible arrangement of 18 jurors in the next two months, and it was impossible to postpone the trial for three weeks in practice. The judge’s decision to act decisively was expected. Zhang Yingying’s family expressed anger and disdain for the alleged “trick” of the defense lawyers.

Believe that the trial will eventually bring justice

The fall of Zhang Yingying has always been the most concerned issue for her family.

xx根据伊利诺伊州媒体WTTW网站,辩护律师于6月25日向法院提起诉讼,指出张莹莹的家人指控克里斯滕森在法庭作证时拒绝提供帮助。辩护律师说:“这是一个不准确的证词。”不准确的证词会让陪审团留下被告拒绝提供任何帮助的印象。

辩方指出,在克里斯滕森被捕后的六个月内,他同意认罪,提供受害人遗嘱的地点,并愿意接受终身监禁。

然而,张莹莹的家人说:“被告声称他曾打算认罪,并承认他处置我们女儿的尸体。我们在案件过程中听到了这一点。我们要求控方获取有关尸体下落的真实信息并找到尸体。这样我们就可以将身体带回中国。我们当时得知,被告对我们的请求的回应是被告的索赔不会得到核实,也就是说,我们无法保证我们会找到该机构。“

“我们希望并相信审判将最终为莹莹和我们伸张正义。我们的愿望是找到莹莹并带她回家。” 6月24日下午,陪审团同意克里斯滕森被定罪。张莹莹的父亲说。

从2017年6月9日,张莹莹失踪后,等了两年后,案件终于迎来了结果。

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