Chinese Tainted Milk Leaders Face Death Penalty

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The United States tends to let white-collar criminals off easy. China is just the opposite:

Two men have been sentenced to death by a Chinese court after being convicted of playing a key role in a tainted milk scandal that led to six children dying and 300,000 falling ill.

The two men facing execution include Zhang Yujun, who was convicted of making and selling more than 600 tonnes of “protein powder” laced with melamine, the industrial chemical responsible for the health crisis.

He was found guilty of endangering public safety. The second convict was not named by court officials on Thursday.

The former boss of bankrupt dairy giant Sanlu, one of the main firms at the centre of last year’s scandal, was jailed for life in a series of verdicts handed down by a court in Shijiazhuang, the capital of the central Hebei province.

Tian Wenhua was convicted of producing and selling fake or substandard products, charges to which she had pleaded guilty.

Killing babies is certainly more serious than tax evasion, but you have to wonder how these folks would have made out if this had happened in the US. Longish sentences, but definitely no death penalty…