Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee has been lying low since he pleaded not guilty to corruption and conspiracy to traffic firearms in April, but the San Francisco Democrat is expected to resurface again today in court to enter a plea on his latest charge for racketeering, announced last week.
Yee was swept up in a wide-reaching federal investigation in late March that led to a soap operatic week at the state Capitol, from an FBI raid on Yee’s office to the suspension of three senators.
He is accused of a string of illegal actions in exchange for campaign contributions, including conspiring to orchestrate an international arms deal and, in the most recent indictment, offering his support on legislation for the NFL. Yee faces 165 years in prison and $2.25 million in penalties.
Jeremy B. White is reporting on the arraignment in San Francisco, so check back later today for more news from Capitol Alert.
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