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Cecilia Chang, the disgraced St. John’s University dean on trial for using her students as personal servants, was the prime suspect in the 1990 execution-style murder of her first husband, the Daily News has learned.
Chang was even fingered by the 37-year-old man in a dying declaration to detectives at the intensive care unit of Elmurst General Hospital, where he was sent after taking three slugs to his back, said sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Unable to speak because of the tube running down his throat, Ruey Fung Tsai — known as “Johnson” — motioned for a piece of paper, said one of the sources.
“He wrote that his wife was responsible: ‘My wife did this,’” the source said.
The source said Tsai also wrote of his wife’s business dealings with former Queens Borough President Donald Manes, who committed suicide in 1986 amid a municipal corruption scandal.
Tsai’s murder remains unsolved. But a source said the FBI was notified of the cold case after Chang was indicted by the Queens district attorney and Brooklyn U.S. attorney on separate charges in 2010. The charges included embezzling more than $1 million from the university, bribing students with scholarships and forcing them to work as personal servants in her home.
Chang is pressing to testify in her own defense this week as her team begins presenting its case in Brooklyn Federal Court, either Monday or Tuesday, sources said.
Detectives from the 83rd Precinct squad did not get a chance to question Tsai more deeply before he died July 31, 1990. He was the father of the couple’s young son, Steven.
Tsai had been shot 11 days earlier as he showed up for work at a factory on Suydam St. in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he owned a business inside.
Around 9:30 a.m., two men delivering soda nearby watched as a young Asian man walked up to Tsai and opened fire, according to law enforcement sources and police records.
The gunman took nothing, fled around the corner and disappeared into the subway station at Wyckoff Ave.
“It was definitely a hit,” the source with direct knowledge of the case told The News, adding that robbery was ruled out.
At the time, Chang was a rising star in St. John’s University’s Asian studies department. She was questioned in the murder as the prime suspect, but claimed not to know anything, the source said. Her home in Jamaica Estates, Queens, was placed under surveillance.
But police were not able to implicate her beyond her husband’s claim.
Detectives also questioned the victim’s mistress, who mentioned that Tsai’s father was a wealthy businessman in Taiwan, the source said.
Contacted by The News yesterday, Chang clammed up. “My lawyer says I am not supposed to answer any questions,” she said.
Defense lawyers Joel Cohen and Alan Abramson responded with terse “no comments” to the late husband’s dying declaration implicating Chang.
There has been testimony during the federal trial that Chang remarried twice and put both husbands on the university’s tab, listing them as her drivers.
Her son, Steven, is a lawyer practicing in Hawaii and could not immediately be reached.
If nobody is adapting this for film/Law & Order yet, hire me plz.
Not sure how comprehensive it is, but there’s a fuller list of events/meetings and descriptions at the link, so check that out, and brief summary below:
- “Wildcat March”: protestors distinct from the labor dominated march would march without a permit, potentially disrupting pedestrian and vehicular traffic beginning at 1:00pm at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (2nd Avenue and E. Houston Street). Organizers of this action have advocated the use of so-called “Black-Bloc” tactics to confront the police, sometimes violently.
- “Bike Bloc,”: relatively small groups of cyclists would be instructed to try to tie up automotive traffic. (Leaving Union Square at 9:00am)
- Attempts to block Manhattan-bound automotive traffic at bridges and tunnels, as well as protestors attempting to block ferry passengers;
- “NYC Hoodie March Against Police Violence”: occur at the same time and place as the “Wildcat March” (1pm, Sara D Roosevelt Park, 2nd Ave and Houston)
- “High School Walk Out”: high school students will leave class at noon and congregate at Fort Greene park in Brooklyn for a May Day BBQ;
- Picket lines staged in front of various businesses across the five boroughs.
SO, A SERIOUS HEADS UP: The anti-police brutality “NYC Hoodie March Against Police Violence” is scheduled to take place at the same time and in the same location as the “Wildcat March”, a march not supported by unions and with possible black-bloc activity, thus increasing the possibility of violent interaction with the police.
Please be safe and aware out there tomorrow. Reblog and share.
Guys, I don’t like to self-advertise or whatever but please, please reblog and share because the more I look the less thoughtful the Hoodie march appears to be. The Facebook page simply says it will happen “in tandem” with the Wildcat march, and the only comment on the page bringing up that it really is an issue that an anti-police brutality (and thus heavily POC-oriented) march is taking place at the same time as a black bloc march goes nowhere. I’m now genuinely and seriously worried for people’s safety (it’s hard to tell what the spirit of organizing the Hoodie march was in origin, but the lack of heavily advertised warnings regarding the nature of the simultaneous Wildcat Strike is enough to make me nervous). Please march safe and aware tomorrow: the NYC Hoodie March for Justice is taking place at the same time and place as the black bloc-oriented, non-union affiliated Wildcat Strike.
Be careful, guys. While the NYPD’s assertion that black blocs tend to attack police is false, police are more likely to attack black blocs because they know they’ll fight back and it’ll undermine the protest. Keep that in mind if you join the Hoodie March. The police will not likely be able to tell the difference between the two, and you may get caught in the crossfire. And if the anarchists are brawling with cops, the cops are more likely to get hella violent on you. Proceed with caution.
As the year 2011 ends, there are several good year-end reviews about racial justice, this video from Colorlines and this post from a David J. Leonard writing at New Black Man, are both excellent. We here at Racism Review offer this as our own brief, and necessarily incomplete, recap of some of the notable events in the struggle for racial justice. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end, there are some victories there, too ~ and a challenge for you at the end.
We lost some fierce champions and scholar-activists:
- Manning Marable, aged 60, died in April, just days before his epic biography of Malcolm X was published.
- Derrick Bell, aged 80, a founder of critical race theory who famously resigned his tenured position at Harvard Law School in protest over their failure to hire any women of color, died in October.
Lots of things happened in 2011 which illustrate just how entrenched racial inequality (still) is, including:
- the execution of Troy Davis and the ongoing racism of the New Jim Crow. I argued here at the time of Davis’ execution that the U.S. death penalty is akin to the American practice of lynching in which black and brown people, especially men, are executed in disproportionately high numbers as a means of social control.
- the Occupy Wall Street movement, initiated and led predominantly by white people, missed theracial significance of the “occupy” terminology, and thereby missed an opportunity to galvanize a movement across racial boundaries. Dick Gregory said in October that the Occupy movement had a ‘whiff’ of the civil rights movement, with a key difference: “The difference between this movement and our movement is that white people — rich, poor, educated — are born with 300 years of white privilege. So there are certain things that you don’t do to me when you’re born with privileges. When it was us, the cops could do anything they wanted to. You can’t do these children like this.”
- the racism in presidential politics has been off the hook this year, with the Republicans on center stage as they search for a viable opponent to defeat President Obama. This is not to say that Democrats are not capable of practicing racism in the service of a political goal, it’s just that the Republicans have been taking up all the air time. From the buffoonery of Herman Cain and the strategic racism of his Koch brothers’ supporters, to the ‘food stamp president’ racism of Newt Gingrich, to the white-supremacist-supported campaign of Ron Paul, it’s been an epic year for racism in presidential politics.
- immigration reform has stalled and deportations have increasedunder President Obama. In 2010, the U.S. government deported some 400,000 people, more than in the entire decade of the 1980s. However, it’s not all immigrants who are being targeted; research indicates that Asian and European immigrants are almost never deported, yet blacks and Latinos are deported in large numbers.
- Facebook (and YouTube) racism continue. In a move that continues to baffle me (you know we can see what you’re saying, right?), white people continue to post racist crap to Facebook, YouTube and any other form of social media. One of the more infamous examples from 2011 was Alexandra Wallace, former UCLA college student, who posted a racist video of herself mocking her Asian American classmates. She later left UCLA amid reported death threats. More recently, the racist postings on Facebook by NYPD cops was exposed.
- Islamophobia on the rise, and mass murder in Norway. In July, Anders Breivik opened fire on a Norwegian camp killing about 90 people, many of them children. He was said to be upset about “immigrants” especially Muslim immigrants that were supposedly “destroying Europe.” In the U.S., Rep. Peter King (R-NY), led the way in fomenting Islamophobia through a series of congressional hearings that targeted Muslims living in the U.S. as potential terrorists. King refused to focus any of his congressional hearing on predominantly white militia groups or white supremacist organizations.
They’re locking up citizens in their own houses. Jesus Christ. Is that even legal?
Newyorkist: Riot cop to colleague this AM, outside Brookfields: “We picked up the tent, it was heavy, & threw it in the trash. There was someone in it!
again, “storing their possessions” my ass
White kids are finally learning what the NYPD is really like.
The march is heading up 6th avenue towards Times Square (42nd street). However according to various twitters including @JoshHarkinson, @AlisonKilkenny, @RDevro, @LucyKafanov, tensions are rising as protesters are being led on their march by a front group of NYPD, basically. Reports are that they may have barricaded a portion of 6th Avenue higher up but before Times Square and are leading protesters there.
Those twitters are extremely useful for information. Also was on the phone with a friend who walked up from Washington Square Park to Times Square before the protest and saw cops on every block from 24th street upwards (“especially in front of banks”) and barricades from 34th street upwards. Protestors should be around 24th and up right now, probably not at 34th street yet. She said she wasn’t with anyone who she knew and is not a citizen, and we just agreed that she should get of there. A confrontation seems inevitable.
The NYPD needs to get the fuck out of here with their Mickey Mouse pied piper bullshit.
Justin Adkins, a trans man, was arrested at the protest on the Brooklyn bridge on Saturday. He was repeatedly mispronounced after identifying himself as transgender, asked about his genitals, had his genital region patted down anyway, was moved from the cell with the guys he had been arrested with (where he asked to remain) into a cell with around eight men he didn’t know who were detained for crimes unrelated to the protest, where he was handcuffed to a bar for eight hours next to the only functioning toilet which all detainees were brought in to use. During that time he was refused food and water, openly mocked, and made to feel so unsafe that he could not use the restroom for the entire duration of his detention.
His statement here: http://justinadkins.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/Police-mistreatment-of-transgender-man.pdf
Please call to voice your outrage and demand trans-specific protocols:
· 90th precinct (where he was detained): (718) 963-5311 (x3 for community affairs)
· NYPD Switchboard: 1-646-610-5000
· Police Commissioner Kelly: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html
Justin Adkins, a transgender man who was arrested at the Occupy Wall Street Protest October 1st on the Brooklyn Bridge, was mistreated while in custody at Precinct 90 because he is transgender. He was handcuffed to a railing next to a restroom for at least 8 hours, made fun of, and not given food. The NYPD needs to have a written protocol and train its officers on how to treat transgender people.
Meet NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, former Commanding Officer of the First Precinct and a leader of the violent brute squad who maced a group of unarmed, nonviolent women during the Wall Street protest.
I love that this pig’s name is Tony Baloney. How perfect is that?
According to this little puff piece, Tony Baloney is a typical douchebag from Staten Island who couldn’t hack it running a deli, wasn’t smart enough to become a teacher, and so instead became a piece of shit cop where he rose through the ranks as a narc, a rat, and an all around asshole.
Of course, no one should be the least bit surprised that Tony Baloney is the kind of thick skulled dickbag that the NYPD promotes to a command position, nor should anyone be surprised when the NYPD does absolutely nothing to discipline him for his brutality.
I guess we’ll all just have to settle for making Tony Baloney the poster boy for the American police state. He really is a perfect fit, isn’t he?
Police brutality: Sinking your stomach and filling you with rage since the dawn of the police force.
…..he looks like the old woman from snow white…..
HIS NAME IS SERIOUSLY TONY BOLOGNA?