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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Get Ready For The Next Trial of the Century

What came across the wires as just another mass murder turns out to be much more complicated.  Chai Vang, a 36 year old Hmong immigrant charged with killing six hunters in Wisconsin, says he shot at them only after they shot at him first and hurled racial epithets.  The dispute began after Vang used a tree stand on private property but adjacent to public hunting lands.  Vang is a U.S. Army veteran and evidently was arrested before, but AP reports no convictions.  With the race angle, complicated facts and a huge sentence upon conviction (although Wisconsin does not have the death penalty), it is perfectly foreseeable that there will be no plea, but instead a major trial. Here's the NY Times story. [Jack Chin]

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