Senator Leland Yee arrested for corruption

March 27, 2014
Leland Yee

Leland Yee

California secretary of state candidate State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested on federal corruption charges during an FBI sting on Wednesday. [LATimes]

According to the indictment, Yee is accused of sidestepping campaign donation rules in exchange for political favors, and of engaging in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license. In addition to arresting Yee, federal investigators arrested gangster Raymond Chow, also known as “Shrimp Boy,” and two dozen of their alleged associates.

Chow, 54, has a criminal history that includes racketeering and robbery, and is the “supreme authority” in the Triad, an international organized crime group.

Also arrested was political consultant Keith Jackson, 49, who worked to raise money for Yee’s political campaigns. Jackson allegedly brokered some of the introductions between Yee and prospective donors who turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

Following the arrests, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called on Yee to either resign or face suspension by his colleagues.

Asian gang leader Shrimp Boy

Asian gang leader Shrimp Boy

“We’re going to demand that Leland Yee — yes, innocent until proven guilty — leave the Senate and leave it now,” Steinberg said at a news conference on Wednesday.

If Yee does not resign, the Senate is prepared to suspend him during its next floor session Friday, Steinberg said.

After a little more than a year of a Democrat supermajority in both houses of the California Legislature, the legal troubles of Democrats has cost the party its state Senate majority.

In early March, State Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) took a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruption charges of bribery, fraud, money laundering and other offenses and State Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) also took a paid leave of absence as he prepares to fight felony convictions for perjury and voter fraud.

The legal troubles of Yee, Calderon and Wright has given new power to Republicans who lost their relevance in the 2012 election that gave Democrats a supermajority in both houses.

California law requires that proposed constitutional amendments, new taxes and fees and ballot propositions win by a two-thirds vote of the lawmakers in each house.

 


25 Comments

  1. choprzrul says:

    A liberal saying “I’m a gun control advocate” is code speak for “I am an international gun runner”….

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    Democrats are getting busted daily or so it seems…I’m sure there are some Republicans that will be exposed as well but I’ve asked this question on line before and have yet to receive an answer from liberals.
    Here is my question: Given the current make up of the majority of the mainstream media. If you were a dirt bag and all you cared about was yourself and you wanted to enrich yourself while in public office would you run as a Democrat or a Republican?
    I’ve searched high and low and can’t find anywhere in the media where this current batch of democrat wrong doers are being reported…but if they were Republicans you would not even be able to find a weather report in the news because Republican misdeeds would be all the media would be focusing on.
    Memo to the media: stop giving your favored side of the isle a pass or they will destroy themselves from within. If you want to stop political corruption then stop giving them so much power. A smaller Government is a better behaved Government and is much easier to control. Stop voting for larger Government.

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