Feds Drop Charges Against Hmong Leader Vang Pao
I'm always glad to see the feds exercise discretion and decline to prosecute someone, regardless of whether the person is someone whose views I agree with or not. Last week it was conservative blogger Sully, today it's exiled Hmong leader and former General Vang Pao.
Federal prosecutors dropped charges Friday against Vang Pao, the exiled Hmong general accused two years ago of plotting with a band of aging Central Valley expatriates to overthrow the communist regime in their homeland of Laos.
Vang Pao, 79, had been singled out as the alleged ringleader of the bizarre scheme to launch a coup -- reputedly with mercenaries armed with AK-47 assault rifles and Stinger missiles -- in the summer of 2007.
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