Zheng-tong: Year 9, Month 6, Day 20
5 Jul 1444
The Commissioner-in-chief Mu Ang, regional commander of Yun-nan, and the surveillance commissioner Lai Xun were pardoned their crimes. The commander Tao Sheng was banished to military service in Guang-xi (Alt: Guang-dong). Initially, Xun had reported that Sheng had received bribes and connived at the activities of bandits. Sheng then memorialized that Ang had allowed a family servant to have contact with the Lu-chuan bandits, that when the Commissioner-in-chief Fang Zheng had been killed in battle, Ang had troops available, but did not provide assistance, that he had received bribes from surrendering bandits and had wrongly requested that they be promoted and rewarded, that in capturing bandits in Ma-long Subprefecture and other areas, he had engaged in great killing and plunder and that Xun knew of Ang's crimes but did not dare submit an impeachment. At this time, the regional inspectors examined the case and concluded that half of Ang's crimes could not be substantiated, while others could be verified, and also that Sheng had not been falsely accused. The Emperor said: "Ang, the regional commander, allowed a family servant to have contact with the yi bandits. Xun is disciplined, so how could he been so syncophantic as to not memorialize on this? Under the law, it is difficult to pardon these crimes. However, I am now leniently allowing that their crimes simply be recorded. Sheng committed the crime of receiving bribes and conniving at the activities of the bandits. When his crime became known, he submitted false accusations against people. He is pardoned the death sentence, but is to serve as an ordinary soldier.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2369/70