Reply to post: 5 years before even being tried?

Chinese prof sent down for 18 months for stealing semiconductor secrets, trying to patent them to cover tracks

Richard Boyce

5 years before even being tried?

Is this 18 months in addition to the 5 years he's served prior to trial? If not, the 18 months would seem to be very lenient, by US standards. If the 18 months genuinely fits the crime, then it suggests that he's been dealt an injustice by being overpunished. I would like to know more about why everything took so long. Is it common for people in the US to spend such a long time in jail before being tried?

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