Xu Zhiyong, Chinese legal scholar
"Legal advocate Xu Zhiyong was sentenced Sunday morning to four years in prison after being convicted by a Beijing court of 'gathering a crowd to disrupt public order.' The 40-year-old Xu is the most prominent Chinese activist to be sentenced to prison since the 2009 trial of Liu Xiaobo, who was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 'This destroys the last remaining dignity of the Chinese legal system,' Xu told the court, according to his lawyer, Zhang Qingfang.... The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court rejected 68 witnesses that Xu's defense team tried to present."