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Friday, March 28, 2014

Legislature to Vote on Suspending Sen. Leland Yee Today (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

click to enlarge Leland Yee and a throng of reporters
  • Leland Yee and a throng of reporters

Update 12:20 p.m.: The Senate voted 28-1 this morning to suspend Sen. Leland Yee upon his bribery and corruption charges. The dissenting vote came from Republican Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) who preferred expulsion to suspension. The Chron reports that the Senate also suspended Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello, who has been charged with bribery and corruption, and Sen. Rod Wright of Baldwin Park, who was convicted earlier this year of eight counts perjury and voter fraud.

Immediately after the vote, Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued a disappointed statement, calling the suspensions nothing more than a taxpayer-paid vacation.

Original Story: Sen. Leland Yee has yet to answer calls to resign from his position in the Legislature so lawmakers this morning are planning to vote on booting him out.

According to NBC News, senators are meeting in the Senate Chambers in Sacramento at 9 a.m., where they'll ask Yee one final time if he'll resign amid his bribery and corruption charges.

And if he says no, he will be suspended Senate pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg's Office told the news station.

See Also: Here Are Our Favorite Tweets About Leland Yee's Arrest

To show their serious, State Sen. Mark Leno was quoted saying that Yee "will not be on the floor of the Senate ever again."

On Thursday, Yee, who was arrested earlier this week and charged with gun trafficking and bribery, resigned from the Secretary of State race where he was one of eight candidates. His fellow senators have been pushing Yee to resign from the Senate, however, Yee's attorney told a throng of reporters yesterday that he had not made up his mind about that just yet.

FBI agents stormed Yee's home and office on Wednesday morning in a predawn raid aimed to bust a massive crime ring of guns, money, and drugs. Among the 20-plus people arrested was Keith Jackson, Yee's friend who helped him fundraise for his multiple political campaigns. Also, arrested was Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a longtime Chinatown gangster who had spend more than a decade in jail.

Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, will appear in court again on Monday, however, it's not yet clear if he will be entering a plea at that time.

More to come, obviously.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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