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Former California Sen. Leland Yee seeks trial delay

Former state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at a press conference in February 2013.
Former state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at a press conference in February 2013. The Sacramento Bee file

Former state Sen. Leland Yee is seeking a delay in the start of his upcoming trial on charges related to public corruption, illegals arms dealing and racketeering.

In a filing on Tuesday evening, the San Francisco Democrat said the continuing introduction of “significant” new evidence into discovery would make it difficult to prepare by the Aug. 10 trial date.

The “amount of documentary evidence, body wire and consensual call records, and wiretap recordings is monumental and the production is ongoing,” Yee’s attorney, James A. Lassart, wrote. “Analyzing the discovery (that continues to be produced by the government) is daunting.”

Yee was arrested last year for allegedly trading favors to help retire his campaign debts. He has pleaded not guilty to the litany of charges, including accepting money to influence medical marijuana legislation and offering to facilitate an international arms deal, for which he faces up to 165 years in prison and as much as $2.25 million in penalties.

Yee’s trial was previously delayed in March by seven weeks, from June 22 to Aug. 10. A separate corruption trial for former Sen. Ron Calderon was also recently postponed by more than six months.

Alexei Koseff: (916) 321-5236, @akoseff

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