‘Shrimp Boy’ claims
the feds done him wrong
Will “Shrimp Boy” swim free?
Raymond Chow, the ex-convict widely known by his aquatic nickname, wriggled into public consciousness last month after being ensnared in a wide-ranging criminal investigation that also netted Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.
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Chow has been indicted on charges of money laundering, conspiracy to traffic in cigarettes and conspiracy to transport stolen property.
Since emerging from prison in 2005, Chow has publicly proclaimed himself a changed man, renouncing his former life of crime and persuading others he had reformed.
His attorneys seem prepared to make a similar argument. They’ve organized an afternoon press conference today in San Francisco in which they’ll argue, a press release says, that Chow was a victim of “outrageous government behavior, entrapment, and racism.”
“Shrimp Boy, released from prison seven years ago, made a religious vow that he would never again violate the law: and he has not! Presume him innocent,” the press release reads.
Some attendees will be wearing red t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “Free Shrimp Boy.”
– Jeremy B. White
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ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA, asking SeaWorld for California-specific statistics.