Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco today to seven public corruption charges and one arms-trafficking charge lodged against him in a grand jury indictment last week.
So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The separate investigations culminated Wednesday in the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges that roiled the capital, leading one of Yee’s opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a “corrupt institution.”
Democratic State Senator Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday morning in a series of federal raids in the Bay Area and Sacramento targeting an alleged corruption conspiracy involving arms trafficking and campaign fraud to fund his campaign for Secretary of State.
Undercover FBI Agent Reveals Senator Leland Yee’s Alleged Ties to Gun Traffickers, Muslim Rebels, And Russian Arms Suppliers In Federal Case
An undercover FBI agent known as “UCE 4599″ in the federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday reveals 137 pages of evidence in a years-long investigation leading to the arrest of State Senator Leland Yee on charges related his alleged roles in money laundering, arms dealing, and his close association with suspects in a murder for hire plot.
Antolin Garcia-Torres, the suspect in the nearly two-year-old murder of Sierra LaMar, a 15-year-old from Morgan Hill, has been indicted by a grand jury.
A former technician at the San Francisco Police Department’s crime lab has been charged in federal court with skimming cocaine from the lab, an allegation that forced its closure and the dismissal of hundreds of drug cases.
Three East Bay residents have been indicted on felony charges of conspiracy, possession with intent to sell oxycodone and oxymorphone and possession of a firearm by a felon, federal prosecutors announced last week.
A federal grand jury indicted former Contra Costa County narcotics task force Commander Norman Wielsch and private investigator Christopher Butler on charges of illegally selling confiscated drugs and operating a brothel.
Barry Bonds again pleaded not guilty to perjury charges and his former personal trainer is likely facing prison again.
Barry Bonds will have to be arraigned and enter a plea next month for the third time since he was initially charged in 2007 with lying to a federal grand jury about his steroid use.