The Voice of Justice from Two Lawyers in China
(Clearwisdom.net) In 2000 a practitioner was illegally tried. The court attempted to convict the practitioner of "leading a group attack" against the government. In the court, a video of this practitioner and 300 other practitioners appealing to the government after July 22, 1999 [the day that marked that beginning of a national ban and persecution of Falun Gong] was shown as evidence. The lawyer for the defense stood up and said, "I disagree with the phrase 'group attack'." Then he played a video of peasants driving tractors and trying to break into the government compound and said, "Compared to this video, the Dafa practitioners are very disciplined; they only sat there quietly to express their will and shouldn't be accused of 'planning a group attack'."
During the illegal trial of another practitioner, the defense lawyer showed how the police arrested a practitioner outside the subway exit in Tiananmen Square. The practitioner was on her way to the People's Political Committee to appeal and was intercepted by a police officer who asked her, "Are you from out-of-town?" and "Are you a Falun Gong practitioner?" She was arrested after saying yes to both questions and was escorted back to where she came from and detained for several days. The lawyer said, "Is it [legal] that any Falun Gong practitioner from out-of-town and walking toward Tiananmen Square should be arrested?" The audience responded with loud applause. The judge panicked and rapped the gavel.
However, under high-pressure rule from Jiang Zemin's group, the lawful rights of practitioners cannot be guaranteed at all. All trials were manipulated behind the scene by people from the "610 Office," (an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems) so these two practitioners ended up receiving three-year sentences. Nevertheless, these two lawyers' actions of justice under such pressure should be attributed to the practitioners' families' intelligent truth-clarification and rightful positioning of the relationship between Dafa and themselves. A family member of one of the practitioners said to the lawyer who had already learned about the truth, "You should defend Dafa." The lawyer said, "Falun Dafa is innocent. As for [the practitioner on trial], if the judge is really just, he should release her in court."