ZhongYin Successfully Defends the Defendant in A Major Gang-related Crime in Liaoning
On June 30, 2020, in a gang-related crime handled by the Secretary of the Party General Branch and the Chairman of the Management Committee Li Zheng and Associates Gu Xueqi and Wang Qiang of ZhongYin Law Firm, after trial, the court of first instance finally decided that none of the defendants’ acts constitute the crime of organizing, leading, participating in Mafia-like gang or the crime of provocation and affray.
The public prosecution organ accused that, since 2010, the defendants Long XX and others, by relying on a highway wreck removal team, has monopolized the highway rescue work to obtain illegal benefits, conducted illegal and criminal activities in an organized manner to accumulate wealth illegally, and gradually formed a Mafia-like gang with Long XX as the organizer and leader, Sun XX and others as key members, and Liu XX and others as members; this gang has illegal control over and significant influence on the road rescue along the section of highway under the administration of Jinzhou, seriously affected the production and living order of the people and caused extremely negative effects on the economic construction in Jinzhou and the government's image.
In the past year, as the advocate of the three defendants, the team of ZhongYin has met the defendants for dozens of times, researched hundreds of files, collected evidence on site for several times, searched for a number of witnesses, compared thousands of evidences, organized expert argumentation for several times, and finally formed a defense strategy of “being strategically situated, breaking down one by one, cooperating with each other, and complementing legal thinking with political position” for the whole case. From the perspective of “unclear facts and insufficient or defective evidences”, the team argued in detail and strongly on just grounds in connection with each criminal fact. Finally, after intense trial, the court of first instance was persuaded by the advocate and decided that none of the defendants’ acts constitute the crime of organizing, leading, participating in Mafia-like gang or the crime of provocation and affray; the defendants should be hold criminally liable only for the crime of transaction by force.
ZhongYin team has received respect and recognition from the court and the public prosecutor with its superb professional skills and careful and responsible work attitude. The defendants and their families also highly praised the defense of the three attorneys.