Helen Zia, the executor of the estate for Vincent Chin, said it can use some help keeping tabs on Ronald Ebens in Nevada.
Ebens, now 75, is the man who killed Chin in1982 in a disputed hate crime in Michigan. Ebens plead guilty to a lesser charge and escaped jail time. A civil rights trail convicted Ebens in a subsequent trial in federal court. But that was reversed in appeal. (Read more about the case on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog).
Still, there was a civil judgment of $1.5 million against Ebens that was won in Michigan. And that had grown to $8 million in 2012.
Zia told me opportunities to collect money are often missed. Recently, Ebens was the executor of the estate of a friend, who had just received a portion of a $4 million personal injury settlement.
In general, Zia fears that too much time has passed to expect much of a recovery of the funds owed. Time has also meant the Chin case has faded from the public’s memory. (See more of her comments on NBCnews.com).
Vincent Chin was beaten with a baseball bat on June 19, 1982. He died on June 23.
We should take this time to remember the hate crime that awakened the Asian American community.
I’ve written about this over the years, but in last year’s I talked about a special commemoration. Maybe for the 35th? Click here to read my column on that idea on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.
As I wrote in my post ( http://aaldef.org/blog/amid-the-super-bowl-hype-randy-geners-story-is-more-typical-of-the-asian-american-immigrant-story.html ), I consider it still an open question if what happened to Randy Gener is considered a bias crime against the Filipino gay journalist.
The police think not. I say, hold on.
Hate crime or not, the family is of Gener is very gracious in this public statement issued on Jan. 29, 2014:
The family of Randy Gener would like to thank all of the people who have helped move along the investigation. We are thankful to the New York Police Department, particularly the Hate Crimes Task Force, for conducting a thorough and swift investigation. We are eternally grateful to the community (particularly the Filipino American and arts communities) for raising awareness about this incident, for showing solidarity and generosity through organizing vigils and events, and for creating a fund to support ongoing medical expenses. Finally, we are thankful for all who have benevolently offered their services, particularly the New York City Anti-Violence Project.
We are pleased and relieved that a suspect has finally been apprehended and trust that the NYPD and District Attorney will make all efforts to bring justice for Randy. At this time, we are focusing on Randy’s healing and moving forward together as a family.
Stephen Nisbet & Jessica Blair-Driessler
Nisbet is Gener’s husband. Blair-Driessler, Gener’s sister. It’s still unclear if their views have changed now that the police are saying it was not a hate crime.
In the meantime, a fundraising effort for Gener’s medical costs is located on this website:
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