(Jen Siska/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Back in court after a two week break, ‘Shrimp Boy’ lawyer cross examine undercover FBI agent

After a two week hiatus, the Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow racketeering and murder trial started up again Monday with a curious and at times confusing cross examination of an undercover FBI agent on the stand.

Curtis Briggs, who is one of Chow’s lawyers, took all day cross examining an FBI agent known to Chow and his compatriots as David Jordan, who played an East Coast mobster. Jordan spent more than three years infiltrating Chow’s alleged criminal Chinatown organization, the Ghee Kung Tong, and is one of the main witnesses for the prosecution.

While much of his questioning, and strategy, came across as confusing and ill planned — at one point U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer told him to focus his questions — Briggs’ focus seemed to be trying to paint Chow as a man who never explicitly took part in criminal acts or their planning. In fact, Briggs has said Chow was broke and took the money from Jordan because of his financial situation.

Jordan, who handed over numerous envelopes of cash to Chow starting in 2010, said that Chow knew exactly what the money was for, despite his verbal protests to the contrary.

In fact, Jordan said the nature of an organized crime group is to keep its leader — in this case Chow — out of direct contact with the daily criminal activities of the group, so Jordan wouldn’t ever talk to Chow explicitly about breaking the law.

The cross examination of Jordan is expected to be completed by midday Tuesday, said Briggs.

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