Former state senator Yee pleads guilty to racketeering charge


Former state Sen. Leland Yee, who formerly represented Portola Valley and Woodside, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco on July 1 to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to solicit campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.

The racketeering charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he will consider advisory sentencing guidelines when setting the sentence at a hearing scheduled for Oct. 21.

Mr. Yee, a Democrat, formerly represented the western half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County in the state Senate.

He was charged with 13 counts, including conspiring to racketeer by soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for political favors, conspiring to launder money and conspiring in a never-completed alleged international arms deal.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by The Old Sage...
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Put the guy away for a long time- So tired of these Politicians getting away with just about anything they want. Make an example out of him- we only know a little about what they can prove - but rest assured it is most likely just the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted by MacCheat
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jul 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Politicians that cheat gotta go! Too many of them!

Like Paul LaPage in Maine Web Link

Chris Christie with his indicted staffers and chief of staff Web Link

Texas governor Rick Perry under federal indictment Web Link

Lee's gotta go!

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Gee, what a surprise. He said repeatedly that he didn't do anything illegal. I am shocked the he pled guilty. Got to do the time if you do the crime.

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