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Supporters of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow are expected to wear red T-shirts today at a support rally. He has been indicted on federal charges that include money laundering.

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The Buzz: 'Free Shrimp Boy!' Raymond Chow's defense mobilizes

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 - 10:55 pm

‘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.

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

Worth repeating

“I don’t like to compare California to Texas or Florida. I want that to be very clear – that’s why I wore blue today.”

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA, asking SeaWorld for California-specific statistics.

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