Monday, January 12, 2009

China's Melamine Trial

"Chinese prosecutors on Friday argued cases against six people accused of involvement in spiking milk with a toxic chemical, in the first trials stemming from a widespread adulteration of dairy products that killed six children and sickened nearly 300,000 others. ... And the government's legal battle against those responsible appears to be gearing up, as authorities seek to reassure consumers that regulators will protect them. Aggressive prosecutions would send a strong message that the government is serious about product safety. ... The two men are charged with endangering public security. If convicted they could each face prison terms or the death penalty", Gordon Fairclough at the WSJ, 27 December 2008.

"The former head of the dairy company at the center of China's milk-adulteration scandal is set to appear for a hearing Wednesday--the highest-profile defendant is a case that has sparked enormous public outrage. ... Ms. Tian's colleagues and friends say they fear she will end up being a scapegoat for a widespread breakdown in food safety and face a sentence of life in prison. ... To assuage public anger, government prosecutors also bring criminal charges against company executives and others allegedly involved in misdeeds, sometimes with heavy sentences that appear to make powerful statements. In 2007, when the head of China's State Food and Drug Adminstration was found guilty of accepting money from pharmaceutical companies to approve drugs, he was sentenced to death and swiftly excecuted", my emphasis, Loretta Chao at the WSJ, 31 December 2008.

"Families of children sickened or killed in China's tainted-milk scandal reacted angrily to state media reports that a former top dairy-company executive admitted in court she knew of the problem months before alerting authorities", Loretta Chao at the WSJ, 2 January 2009.

Do any of these Chinese prosecutors want to become an American and our new SDNY US attorney, or SEC Chairman? In the US, companies ask the Supremes for protection from product liability suits. In China, executives who worked for companies accused of product liability may visit China's answer to GSG's CNC guillotine. I like the idea of sentencing FDA personnel to death. How about all of those involved in the Medtronic case?

"End of up being a scapegoat"? Are they getting talking points from MJW, my 22 November 2008 post? Death, executed, wow! Hear that Chris Cox, Mike Garcia, et. al.?

Would she have admitted anything if MJW represented her?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think MJW would find her match in Chinaland...

Imagine the Chinese government getting a reputation as less corrupt than the USA...

They're turning the tide on corrupt officials...

Here... uhmmm just a revolving door... make the rules play with the oligopoly... make the rules play with the entrenched...

Independent Accountant said...

Anonymous:
In China MJW might be rewarded with her own trip to GSG's CNC guillotine.

Junior said...

"In 2007, when the head of China's State Food and Drug Administration was found guilty of accepting money from pharmaceutical companies to approve drugs, he was sentenced to death and swiftly executed"

I do not promote communism and do not believe in China's techniques but BOY would it be refreshing to see justice along those lines occurring here at home.

I'm not saying people need to be hung or anything but... well you know how I feel.

One extreme no better than the other. "Justice" - a fever dream of first year law students, eh?

Anonymous said...

Mais oui IA...

MJW tangles with the Chinese hardasses... blades are sharpened...

And Junior there be a lot of "plain" folks out in the heartland who would be very happy to see some "justice" like for el Blankfein...

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