We guess his decades-long criminal history doesn’t factor into the equation when you can cry racism. Seriously, Shrimp Boy, is that all you’ve got?
As state Sen. Leland Yee and his codefendants pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of political corruption, gun-running and other crimes financed by payoffs from undercover agents, a lawyer for one defendant accused the FBI of entrapment and racism.
“The government created the crime, the government financed the crime, and the government ensnared my client,” Tony Serra, lawyer for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, told reporters after 21 defendants were arraigned in federal court. “We will put the government rightfully on trial.”
So we guess he’s accusing the Obama government and Holder Justice Department of racism. OK.
Chow, a Chinatown gang leader, was released from federal prison in 2003 after a racketeering sentence and promised to turn his life around. As leader of an association called the Ghee Hung Tong, or Chinese free masons, he has been honored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee for his work with troubled youth.
But an FBI affidavit last month said Chow was at the center of a five-year corruption investigation that began in Chinatown and led to Keith Jackson, an associate of Chow’s and a consultant to Yee, and ultimately to the now-suspended state senator.
Chow is charged with laundering $2.3 million – some from drug sales, some from federal agents posing as criminals – and with selling stolen liquor and cigarettes. Yee is charged with conspiring with Jackson to accept $62,600 in bribes from agents in exchange for political favors – including a proclamation honoring Chow’s association – and for agreeing to import illegal firearms through another federal agent.
Not to mention missile launchers.
Jackson, a former San Francisco school board president, faces additional charges of drug-trafficking and arranging a purported murder-for-hire plot. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday and is free on a $250,000 bond.
Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who dropped out of the race for California secretary of state after his arrest March 26, is free on a $500,000 bond.
Well, they finally got to the Democrat part at least.