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Judge Grants Hao Zhang Additional Freedoms with Prosecutors’ Consent
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Judge Grants Hao Zhang Additional Freedoms with Prosecutors’ Consent

By Sharon Simonson A federal magistrate judge has agreed to allow Chinese Professor Hao Zhang the right to leave his Mountain View apartment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily to permit him to buy food and complete other household errands and chores. Zhang’s wife, Fan Liping, a Chinese citizen, has been with him since his May 16 arrest at the Los Angeles International Airport and has lived with him in Mountain View since he was released from federal custody July 29. Now she must return to China no later than Nov. 15 by the terms of her temporary U.S.-visitor visa. It is the second time Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins has agreed to loosen the conditions of Zhang’s house arrest. The judge previously gave permission for Zhang to leave his apartment and to use amenities on the cam...
Judge Tells Federal Government: You Can’t Have Cake, Eat It Too
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Judge Tells Federal Government: You Can’t Have Cake, Eat It Too

By Sharon Simonson A U.S. magistrate judge has warned the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security that he would recommend dismissal of criminal charges against Chinese Professor Hao Zhang if federal immigration authorities sought to detain Zhang again in relation to alleged visa violations. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins said the federal government could pursue immigration charges at a later time. But, relying on a July 23 ruling by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Cousins said that during Zhang’s preparations for trial for conspiracy, trade-secret theft and spying to benefit the Chinese government, immigration authorities could not detain him with a stated goal of deportation even as the U.S. Justice Department proceeded toward trial. “If the go...