Kansas researcher avoids prison in blow to Trump-era China-related probe

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By Nate Raymond (Reuters) – A former University of Kansas professor avoided prison on Wednesday for making a false statement related to work he was doing in China in the latest setback for a Trump-era U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on Chinese influence within American academia. Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kansas, to sentence Feng “Franklin” Tao to 2-1/2 years in prison, even after she had thrown out most of his trial conviction for concealing work he did in China. Robinson instead sentenced Tao to time served, saying there was no evidence he s…

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