Latest on Democrat State Senator Leland Yee's Corruption Charges

By: KGO/CNN
By: KGO/CNN

Suspended state senator Leland Yee was arraigned Tuesday on charges of gun running and political corruption.

FBI agents arrested Yee and other defendants in Chinatown last week.

Twenty defendants, who appeared in court, pleaded not guilty. That includes suspended state senator Leland Yee who's out on half a million dollars bond. He's charged with political corruption and gun running. Political fundraiser and former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson, who's also out on bond entered the same plea. He's charged with drugs and weapons trafficking and murder for hire.

Tony Serra characterized the case against Raymond "shrimp boy" Chow the self described reformed Chinatown gangster. Serra, who's now on chow's defense team, made his first appearance in court with his client. Chow did not enter a plea. He's charged with money laundering and dealing in stolen property. At the arraignment, there were more lawyers in court than there were defendants. All those we spoke with, pointed to entrapment as their main defense in a case that began five years ago and involved undercover FBI agents who infiltrated what the government calls "an organized crime ring."


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