Gu Kailai's trial for the killing of British businessman Neil Heywood is over.
According to a court official, she did not deny the charges.
My personal belief is, regardless of who killed Heywood, Kailai is being used as a stand-in for Bo. The Chinese government has a strict no bloodshed rule within its own top ranks, because...well, look at how bloody things were when there was no rule like that. That means executing Bo Xilai is a no-go, even if he was attempting to usurp China's strategic information management infrastructure for his own ends, as I speculated above.
But you can't just let people off that easy. There needs to be some deterrent. So executing Kailai will send a suitable warning to all the other Ambitious Young Things who want to play at subterfuge: if you get caught, your family will suffer the consequences.
Now, we don't know for sure what verdict the court will pass. But given how Kailai has been villified in the press and on the internet, her prospects do not look good.