In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, Bo Xilai appears Thursday on the first day of his trial in eastern China's Shandong province. Interestingly, he was photographed flanked by two very tall policemen. AP hide caption

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Before his fall: Bo Xilai in 2010. Jason Lee/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn speaks with Renee Montagne about the case against Bo Xilai

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In this Jan. 17, 2007, photo, Gu Kailai, left, and her husband, Bo Xilai, attend a memorial ceremony for Bo's father. Gu was given a suspended death sentence Monday after confessing to killing a British businessman by poisoning him with cyanide. Alexander F. Yuan/AP hide caption

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Gu Kailai during today's trial at the Hefei Intermediate People's Court. (Screen image from Chinese TV.) Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Frank Langfitt on 'Morning Edition'

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Gu Kailai, left, and her husband, Bo Xilai, in 2007. She's been charged with murder. Kyodo/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Louisa Lim, reporting for the NPR Newscast

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