Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jail No Bar to UC-Berkeley Symposium

From time to time we have posted about the errant state senator Leland Yee and his current travails.  His alleged partner in crime is in jail but he nonetheless participated in a UC-Berkeley symposium:

Chinatown tong leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow remains jailed without bail on federal racketeering charges - but he was able to take part by phone the other night in a journalism symposium at UC Berkeley.  Before he was hit with money-laundering and other charges last month, Chow was invited to be part of a panel at the Logan Symposium on Investigative Journalism, moderated by PBS "Frontline" producer Lowell Bergman.  Bergman, who teaches at the Berkeley journalism school, had interviewed Chow for an upcoming "Frontline" report about being inducted as a youngster into an organized-crime group in Macau. Bergman's report traces the development of the former Portuguese colony into a gambling capital and details how Chinese triads have been used to collect gambling debts. "We try to do more than just have reporters talking," Bergman said of his phone-in guest, who answered a few questions for attendees Friday night. No, he didn't discuss his criminal case...

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So if and when Sen. Yee ends up in the pokey, he, too, can hope to continue to participate in UC affairs by phone.  Hopefully, his efforts then will be more helpful than his past attempts to muck around with UC pension plan governance.

It might be exciting:

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