A public trial in a Chinese sports stadium at which 10 people were sentenced to death shows the desperation of government officials, experts have said, as negative reaction spread online. Thousands – including children in their school uniforms – crowded into a stadiumat the weekend to watch 10 people be sentenced in a public trial in Lufeng, southern China. The accused were then immediately taken away and executed. Officially, China has banned public trials outside courtrooms, according to regulations from the judiciary, prosecutors’ office and police. But local authorities are still meting out their own brutal brand of justice.