Saturday, September 06, 2008

Chen Zhi-Zhong - - The Coolest 1L We Never Got to Meet

[jump to CALLBACKS - updated Sunday]
Anyone who picked up a copy of Friday's Virginia Law Weekly - or, alternatively, showed up at orientation (we were busy getting our hair combed and shirts pressed) - knows who Chen Zhi Zhong is (Chen Chih-Chung in the outdated romanization system).

Chen Chih-chung would not have been an ordinary first-year student. He is the son of Taiwan’s former President, Chen Shui-bian, who served from 2000 to 2008. After leaving office in May, he was indicted for his alleged role in a large-scale embezzlement and money laundering scheme.
The younger Chen missed the Law School’s orientation when he flew home to cooperate with an inquiry into whether he played a role in the alleged criminal enterprise. Chen Chih-chung has since been added as a defendant in the investigation. The entire Chen family has steadfastly denied that they have engaged in any illegal activity.

What you may not know about is the extent to which the whole thing is continuing to stir up controversy (although it seems like it this point UVA may be basically off the hook . . . for now) - apparently some people are very skeptical of the money laundering prosecution thing of the ex-Pres, and even more skeptical of his son (Zhi-zhong), wife, and daughter's involvement, and even *more* skeptical of the university's involvement in the whole mess. Whoever wrote the article for the Law Weekly did a good job getting opinions of some of the current students:

[A]n LL.M. student at the Law School who hails from Taipei . . . said that he was not surprised that Mr. Chen’s withdrawal from the University has become a “big headline” in Taiwan. He said that many in Taiwan saw the indictment of the Chen family members as a political ploy. Huang expressed suspicion as to whether the charges against the former President were meritorious, much less those against his son and daughter-in-law.

[The student] also indicated that the chain of events seemed strange and unwarranted as a matter of course, given that Chen had already paid tuition and received his ID card. “Why revoke someone’s student status just because he or she doesn’t attend a speech in Caplin Auditorium?” he wondered.

Hey man, welcome to the last of the learned professions! Anyway, we have two suggestions for further coverage. First, when refering to this whole serious of events, could we please call it "ID-gate" or "Chen-gate", ty ty ty xoxo. Second, wouldn't this be the perfect opportunity for the school to offer a class on money laundering and the like? Seems like it would fit well under the "Law and Business" category.

If we can get it up and running in the next year, Zhi-Zhong could take it. Of course, he'd have to apply all over again . . .

Oh, the Law Weekly also had this good picture from Taiwanese TV of UVA VP for Public Affaird Carolyn Wood.
Our Mandarin is rusty, but we think the caption says: "We definitely never told [Zhi-Zhong] he was a student." But he did have an ID card and pay tuition . . . In fairness, though, the Zhi-zhong should get a few bar reviews and a base hit in softball under his belt in softball before he makes any claims.


Anonymous said...

The caption is broken, it just said "We will never tell students..." (kindof funny in this situation), but it doesnt say what they will not tell

Anonymous said...

报 道 既 然 是 你 写 的, 又 何 必 假 装 不 知 是 出 自 谁 的 手 笔 呢? 还 要 偷 偷 赞 自 己 报 道 得 好 呢!

Rule 12 (f) said...

3:52, yea we noticed . . . just tried to fill in the blanks . . .

4:05 擬態聰明了=)。 我就是寫的, 就是 。 。 。 怎麼說? 。。。 一點點的開玩笑? 而且有許多看這個日記的人並不知道我到底是誰。