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News, The Snitch Senator Prison Yard: Leland Yee Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Senator Prison Yard: Leland Yee Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

State Sen. Leland Yee, the former moral compass of the state Legislature who was snared in the same FBI probe that caught unreformed Chinatown mobster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was sentenced to five years in prison for corruption on…
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News, The Snitch Trial of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Begins; Will Not Be Speedy

Trial of Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Begins; Will Not Be Speedy

Raymond Chow goes on trial today. Perhaps you've heard of him. The Chinatown don known as "Shrimp Boy" did all manner of dirty deeds during a decades-long criminal career but publicly turned away from a life of crime to become,…
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News, The Snitch Feds Say They Have Evidence Linking Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow to Murder

Feds Say They Have Evidence Linking Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow to Murder

Federal prosecutors in the racketeering case against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow say they have evidence linking the Chinatown gangster to two murders, including the still unsolved killing of Allen Leung, who preceded Chow as “dragon head” of the Ghee Tung…
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News, The Snitch Remember Leland Yee? He Might Be Pleading Guilty Today.

Remember Leland Yee? He Might Be Pleading Guilty Today.

Update: Leland Yee pleaded guilty to felony racketering charges. He will return to court for sentencing on October 21 where he could face a maximum 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines, and three years of probation.   The strange…
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News, The Snitch Shrimp Boy Sues Mayor Ed Lee Over Bribery Charges

Shrimp Boy Sues Mayor Ed Lee Over Bribery Charges

Federally indicted Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has sued San Francisco and its mayor, demanding records that he says will implicate Ed Lee in the same bribery scandal that entrapped Senator Leland Yee. Chow claims that Lee took $20,000…
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News, The Snitch Leland Yee Hit With Racketeering Charges

Leland Yee Hit With Racketeering Charges

How do things get worse for disgraced state Sen. Leland Yee, who was already accused of corruption, money-laundering, and attempting to pull together a bizarre, international arms deal sending shoulder-fired rockets to Filipino jihadis? Here's how: Yee is now an…
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News, Sucka Free City Comics Issue 2014:  That's Uncle Leland!

Comics Issue 2014: That's Uncle Leland!

An alarming number of city and state residents voted for Leland Yee. But did enough of them vote for Betty Yee? Click here to read a larger version of this comic and the rest of SF Weekly's Comics Issue.…
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News, Sucka Free City Dropped: Boxer Karim Mayfield's Quest Doesn't Get Any Easier

Dropped: Boxer Karim Mayfield's Quest Doesn't Get Any Easier

Boxing is a rough sport. It renders so many of its participants unable to feed themselves their morning bowls of Wheatena. But its roughness transcends mere blunt-force trauma. Case in point: Karim Mayfield. The up-and-coming San Francisco pugilist recently suffered…
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News, Sucka Free City A Tale of Two Yees: Norman Yee May Have Unwittingly Benefitted from Leland Yee

A Tale of Two Yees: Norman Yee May Have Unwittingly Benefitted from Leland Yee

There was a time when having the surname "Yee" was an asset for a San Francisco politician. No alleged ties to Filipino jihadis or a crime boss named for a crustacean. Back then, Leland Yee was an energetic state senator…
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News, Sucka Free City Petty Cash: The Cost of the Feds' Case Against Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy Remains to Be Seen

Petty Cash: The Cost of the Feds' Case Against Leland Yee and Shrimp Boy Remains to Be Seen

The voluminous federal complaint underpinning the cases against Sen. Leland Yee, gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, former School Board president Keith Jackson, and more than two dozen others has, ad nauseum, been likened to a movie script. If so, the…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Soft Corruption Blues: In San Francisco, Some Wrongs Are Too Big to Make Right

Soft Corruption Blues: In San Francisco, Some Wrongs Are Too Big to Make Right

April has been the cruelest month for Velma Louise Jones. The erstwhile Muni driver has been disgorged from her bus and all but dragged to the public stocks; there is nothing that delights city management and tickles the media like…
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News, Feature The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

The Many Faces of Leland Yee: A Politician's Calculated Rise and Dramatic Fall

Within eyeshot of the capitol dome sit buildings filled with warrens of cubicles equipped with phones and little else. Every day, elected representatives amble out of the former structure and into the latter. Eluding a state prohibition against fundraising from…
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News, Chem Tales Matters of Convenience: Leland Yee, the Feds, and a Complicated Relationship to Pot

Matters of Convenience: Leland Yee, the Feds, and a Complicated Relationship to Pot

Now is not a fun time to work in Sacramento. Everyone ­— staffers, lobbyists, even the electeds themselves ­— acts as if everyone else is wearing a wire, one Capitol worker told me. That's what happens during hunting season. Once…
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The Snatch: The Dirty Rats Who Run San Francisco and Some Rodents in North Beach

Leland Yee, Cause Célèbre We were amused to see the latest news of the Leland Yee scandal on Uptown Almanac: Street peddlers along Valencia are selling edgy, black-and-white "Free Yee" T-shirts. You'll see that phrase stenciled over $100 bills, accompanied…
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News, Your Humble Narrator The Human Jukebox: Leland Yee Spent Decades Singing Other People's Tunes

The Human Jukebox: Leland Yee Spent Decades Singing Other People's Tunes

As the impact of L'affaire Yee continues to wash over San Francisco and its denizens, a number of popular themes have solidified. A state senator hoodwinked into brokering an arms deal for Filipino jihadis; an ex-con named "Shrimp Boy" with…
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News, The Snitch Norman Yee: Are Voters Confusing Him With Leland Yee?

Norman Yee: Are Voters Confusing Him With Leland Yee?

In the abysmal 1992 flick The Distinguished Gentleman, a character played by Eddie Murphy ascends to higher office thanks to having the same name as a longtime office-holder. Could it happen here? Perhaps. District 7 Supervisorial candidate Norman Yee turned…
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News, The Snitch State Supreme Court, Legislature Want to Give Juveniles Serving Life Sentences a Shot at Parole

State Supreme Court, Legislature Want to Give Juveniles Serving Life Sentences a Shot at Parole

On June 6, 2007, Rodrigo Caballero, a 16-year-old member of the Vario Lancas gang in Los Angeles, jumped out of a green Toyota and opened fire on three Val Verde gang rivals walking down the street. He missed two of…
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News, The Snitch Sen. Leland Yee Is Getting Threats Over His "Un-American" Gun-Control Bill

Sen. Leland Yee Is Getting Threats Over His "Un-American" Gun-Control Bill

State Sen. Leland Yee has riled up conservatives again, and not exactly the kind of right-wingers you want to make mad. CBS reports that Yee's office has been fielding threats from gun enthusiasts who have launched a vicious campaign against…
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Dining, SFoodie Leland Yee, Champion of Shark Fin Soup, to Tout More Politically Correct Broth

Leland Yee, Champion of Shark Fin Soup, to Tout More Politically Correct Broth

State Sen. Leland Yee, the enigmatic San Francisco politician known for his past brushes with the law and diverse array of stances on major policy issues, positioned himself last year as an opponent of a ban on shark fin…
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News, <i>Guardian</i> pick Leland Yee Also Wins Approval from PG&E

Guardian pick Leland Yee Also Wins Approval from PG&E

Throughout his long political career, state Sen. Leland Yee has demonstrated a remarkable ability to not only play both sides of an issue, but to find third and fourth sides — and elicit their financial support. Yet, in what could…
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