New York Post
April 17, 2002

COP-KILLER GUNNING FOR 15G IN SICK SUIT

By DEVLIN BARRETT

A Black Panther cop-killer filed a shocking lawsuit yesterday on the 21st anniversary of the day he and another violent radical shot two officers, killing one.

Abdul Majid, a k a Anthony LaBorde, sued the state's Crime Victims Board yesterday in a brazen bid to hold on to a $15,000 state legal settlement and tear down a piece of the "Son of Sam" law.

The lawsuit piled fresh pain onto an already sad anniversary for the slain cop's widow, Vivian Scarangella.

"This guy should rot in hell," she told The Post.

"It's disgusting, it's a joke and a half," she said. "It was 21 years ago today that my husband was shot. It's a really hard day already, and this has just caught me completely off guard.

"He's suing? He's suing? I should sue him!" she said.

Majid, 52, is serving a 33-years-to-life sentence for the vicious 1981 slaying in Queens of Officer John Scarangella.

Majid and a cohort turned a routine traffic stop into a bloodbath, opening fire on Scarangella and his partner, Richard Rainey, as they sat in their patrol car.

Rainey, shot 11 times, somehow survived.

Police believe Majid, a Black Liberation Army member, helped break cop-killer Joanne Chesimard out of a New Jersey jail, and played a key role in the infamous Brinks robbery in Rockland County in which two cops and a guard were killed.

Majid recently won a $15,000 settlement over claims he had been roughed up in prison by three guards.

That money could be claimed by Scarangella's family under a new provision added to the Son of Sam law last year that allows victims to collect "all funds and property received from any source."

Majid, who's locked up at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, filed suit in Manhattan federal court yesterday asking a judge to throw out that piece of the law and allow him to keep the settlement dough.

Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, ripped Majid as a heartless killer trying to cash in.

"It's outrageous that he should get any kind of money for his homicidal ways," Lynch said. "Any money that was gotten from a lawsuit should be turned over to the Scarangella family for the loss that they took all these lonesome years."

Gov. Pataki's office also ripped Majid, saying the new state law was perfectly proper.

"We don't think cop-killers should profit from their vile crimes," said Pataki spokeswoman Caroline Quartararo. "We're 100 percent confident that our Son of Sam law is constitutional."

In court papers, the killer's lawyers argue that seizing the money would "increase the penalty that was originally imposed on Majid for his convicted acts."