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Seton Hall Law Professor Margaret Lewis, legal expert in mainland China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice,
was quoted in several articles after a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to the
Professor Lewis lended her expertise and spoke to the media as to what makes the case
unique, the difficulty in determining what exactly has occured, and reasonings why.
From the Washington Post:
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday expressed “extreme concern” after
a Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death in a retrial ordered not long after
the arrest in Vancouver of a Chinese technology executive.
A death sentence for Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, complicates an ongoing standoff over the arrest of Huawei Technologies’ chief
financial officer on U.S. charges and the subsequent detention in China of two Canadians
on national security charges.
“The procedures in Mr. Schellenberg’s case would be unusual even if he was a Chinese
national. The fact that he is a Canadian, combined with the welcoming of foreign media
to view court proceedings, makes it downright suspicious,” said Margaret Lewis, a
law professor at Seton Hall University.
Unlike one of the other accused in the case, Schellenberg’s death sentence did not
come with a two-year suspension, which usually results in the penalty being commuted
to life in prison, noted Margaret Lewis, a law professor at New Jersey’s Seton Hall
University and an expert on the Chinese legal system.
He can appeal, and all death penalties are reviewed – and invariably confirmed – by
the Supreme People’s Court, but without political intervention, his prospects look
grim, she said.
“Unless there is some dramatic turn of events, this is marching toward execution in
the not too distant future,” said Lewis. “This is the most severe sentence allowed
under Chinese law. It is death, with execution (after) crossing the Ts and dotting
Professor Lewis has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University,
a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program
Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a delegate
to the US-Japan Foundation's US-Japan Leadership Program.