SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has chosen a new lawyer to defend him against federal public corruption and gun trafficking charges.
Yee’s former attorney, Paul DeMeester, confirmed Wednesday morning that Yee has replaced him with defense attorney James Lassart.
Lassart worked for 12 years as an assistant district attorney in San Francisco and then for five years as a federal prosecutor pursuing organized crime cases before entering private practice.
Yee’s next court appearance is an April 8 arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero in San Francisco on an expected federal grand jury indictment, which would replace a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors against Yee and 25 other defendants last week.
Most of the other defendants will also be arraigned at that hearing.