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Chinese scientists ensnared in U.S. visa fraud legal battle

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By Jane Lanhee Lee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For Chinese brain researcher Song Chen, a visiting scholar at Stanford University when she was arrested last July on a visa fraud charge, a court hearing last month in San Francisco brought some hope. U.S. District Judge William Alsup expressed skepticism about the FBI’s failure to inform Song of her rights when she was first interrogated, calling its tactics a “gimmick.” He’d previously rejected requests from the prosecution that evidence in her case be kept secret on national security grounds, a decision the U.S. government is appealing. But Song,…

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