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The equally tragic part of this murder were how Vincent's murderers were handled by the criminal justice system.First, instead of being put on trial for second degree murder (intentionally killing someone but without premeditation), the prosecutor instead negotiated a plea bargain for reduced charges of manslaughter (accidentally killing someone).It found that South Asians were the most targeted among Asian Americans and that vandalism was the most common form of anti-Asian discrimination.

As one Asian American pointed out, "You can kill a dog and get 30 days in jail, 90 days for a traffic ticket." In a second trial, the Justice Department convicted Ebens (the one who actually swung the bat) of violating Vincent's civil rights and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Nitz (the one who held Vincent down) was acquitted.

Second, the judge in the case sentenced each man to only two years probation and a $3,700 fine -- absolutely no jail time at all.

The judge defended these sentences by stating that his job was to fit the punishment not just to the crime, but also to the perpetrators.

Administrators consistently fight efforts to mandate classes on multiculturalism for all students even though research shows that these classes promote increased understanding and respect among students.

Secondly, they resist students' efforts to promote or even establish Asian American and other racial/ethnic studies programs. Students at Wellesley College, regarded as one of the elite women's colleges in the country, recently planned to go on a hunger strike to demand that their administration fulfill its earlier promises of strengthening its Asian Americans studies program.However, others had a different interpretation of the light sentences.They argued that what the judge was basically saying was that as long as you have no prior criminal record and have a job, you could buy a license to commit murder for ,700.This verdict and sentence outraged the entire Asian American community in the Detroit area and all around the country. Justice Department to charge the two men with violating Vincent Chin's civil rights.Soon, several organizations formed a multi-racial coalition to demand justice for the murder of Vincent Chin. They organized rallies and protests, circulated petitions, and kept the issue in the media spotlight.However, these verdicts were thrown out on appeal due to a technicality and a new trial was ordered by a federal appeals court.

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