(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.

Just Posted

SFUSD going back to basics with school lunches made from scratch

Upgraded culinary center could serve as model for expanded in-house food production.

Sliding doors could open up more space on Muni buses

A simple engineering change could soon make Muni’s 900 buses roomier across… Continue reading

City struggles to find alternatives for inmates in seismically unsafe jail

Mayor London Breed has given City Hall a deadline to close down… Continue reading

E-scooter company Skip announces layoffs after losing SF permit

San Francisco-based e-scooter company Skip this week announced pending layoffs for roughly… Continue reading

Juul suspends sale of flavored e-cigarettes

San Francisco-based e-cigarette maker Juul Labs announced Thursday that it is suspending… Continue reading

Most Read