Go ahead: ask us again why – in the cloistered halls of medicine – we call these characters Third World Assassins.
In New Haven Connecticut last week Doctor Lishan Wang finally decided to plead No Contest, to the killing of his former hospital colleague on April 26 2010. The case has been allowed to drag on for a ridiculous 7 years because – among other insanities – this fool believed he could defend his rage by playing his own lawyer.
Lab coat lunatic Wang, now age 51, has been held both in jail and at psychiatric hospitals since the fateful day he shot and killed Doctor Vajinder Toor at the victim’s home in Branford.
Wang – originally charged with Murder – now stands convicted of First Degree Manslaughter, as well as multiple other firearm felonies. The state prosecutor told the media that they elected to lower the Murder charge to Manslaughter because Wang was under “extreme emotional disturbance at the time.”
So in other words, if your constant temper tantrums at work cause your boss to reprimand you, you qualify for a lesser degree of Homicide by playing the “Duh, I was really, really stressed” card when you killed him and tried hard to kill his pregnant wife.
In what room of the Twilight Zone does that make sense?
Wang also pleaded No Contest to Assault for shooting at Toor’s wife. She was able to avoid being murdered in her driveway by hiding behind their car, as her husband lay dead on the lawn.
Within the hour police spotted Wang’s truck near a freeway on-ramp and stopped him at gunpoint. They discovered he had 3 pistols, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and directions to Toor’s home. As he would say later, that didn’t mean he was planning to shoot anybody.
Wang has argued for years that Doctor Toor unfairly cost him his job at a Brooklyn hospital, and had filed hundreds of motions to the court addressing his belief he was wrongfully fired. Time after time and year after year, the courts ruled that his complaints were illogical and had no bearing whatsoever on the Murder case. But since he was goofily allowed to act as his own attorney, he kept his case out of the courtroom for years.
By the No Contest plea, Wang agrees to accept punishment without admitting guilt. That way, he creates his last legal loophole: No Contest means he is no longer subject to millions of dollars in civil suits. America. What a country, eh?
Wang will eligible for release from prison in about 25 years.
As a citizen of Beijung China, he could be deported. Don’t bet on it.
Judge Patrick J Clifford is expected to sentence the crazed physician to 32 years in state prison, in late September.