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San Francisco State Senator Leland Yee Arrested on Charges of Bribery and Corruption
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Wall Street Journal | March 26, 2014
Here's what we know about the breaking news from Sacramento this morning.
State Senator Leland Yee, the Democrat who represents San Francisco in the state legislature and is running for California Secretary of State, was arrested at his home this morning by FBI agents on charges of bribery and corruption. According to NBC Bay Area, the FBI and the California Highway Patrol have executed multiple raids, including of Yee's Capitol building office and of other locations in San Francisco.
The targets of the FBI also include members of gangs in San Francisco's Chinatown. According to ABC Local, "One of the searches is taking place at the San Francisco Chinatown office of the Gee King Tong Free Masons and is linked to the arrest this morning of Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow," described a former high-ranking member of a Chinatown gang with ties to other political finance figures.
Reports have also indicated that this arrest is not related to the corruption investigation which brought down State Senator Ron Calderon. Lee is the third member of the State Senate to face corruption charges, including Calderon and Rod Wright. Should Lee be forced from office, the Democratic party would no longer hold a 2/3rd super-majority in the State Senate.
Yee was also handed a much less devastating defeat today, as a California court upheld the ban on possession or sale of shark fins, which Yee had opposed unsuccessfully.
We have reached out to Yee's office for comment, but have not heard back. Updates as the story develops.