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  • Democrat Politician Who Tried to Sell Guns Illegally Sentenced; Nets Ignore

    02/25/2016 4:39:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 25, 2016 | Ken Shepherd
    Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat and staunch proponent of stiffer gun-control laws was sentenced today in federal court on corruption charges tied to, among other things, a conspiracy to traffic weapons. Although this is off-the-charts hypocritical of Mr. Yee, a wonderfully sensational corrupt politician story ripe for national news, none of the Big Three broadcast evening news programs last night so much as devoted a news brief to the story. [You may also recall that Yee was behind a spurious smear against Rush Limbaugh in 2011. Read about that here.] Adding to the seriousness of the weapons trafficking charge, as the...
  • Ex-state Sen. Leland Yee gets 5 years in prison in corruption case

    02/24/2016 1:58:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    LATIMES ^ | Feb. 24, 2016 | Maura Dolan and Patrick McGreevy
    A federal district judge sentenced former state Sen. Leland Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, to five years in prison Wednesday for trading political favors for campaign contributions. He was also fined $20,000. Yee admitted in a plea deal that he was part of a racketeering conspiracy that involved exchanging official acts for money, conspiring to traffic in weapons and money laundering. Specifically, Lee promised an undercover FBI agent favors in return for campaign contributions. During the hourlong proceedings, Yee asked the court for leniency in light of his public humiliation, his wife's severe illness, his admissions of wrongdoing and his...
  • US Attorney Recommends 8 Tears in Prison for Leland Yee (CA Democrat Sen. Trafficking Machine Guns)

    02/18/2016 7:19:37 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Guns.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | Chris Eger
    US Attorney recommends 8 years in prison for Leland Yee Known as being "tough on guns," disgraced former California State Sen. Leland Yee may get 8 years in federal prison for his 2015 plea to racketeering charges. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested in 2014 on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country via Islamic terror groups. This left many gun control advocates, who up until that time held the San Francisco-based politician as a champion in the crusade for tougher gun laws, dismayed. Facing potentially the rest of his life...
  • Effort Heats Up to Recall California's Lt. Governor over Anti-Gun Effort, Corruption Ties

    01/10/2016 5:55:32 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 12 replies
    The Pundit Press ^ | Jan 10 | Thomas
    California's Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is no stranger to controversy. He famously gave out gay marriage licenses during his time as Mayor of San Francisco, even as it flouted state law. His time as Mayor was met with serious economic troubles and increasing numbers of middle class residents leaving the city. However, Newsom used that position to become California's Lt. Governor under Jerry Brown. Now after links to disgraced State Senator Leland Yee-- who was found involved in a gun running organization, and recently convicted Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, Newsom is under increased public scrutiny.
  • 'Shrimp Boy' Chow trial keeps lid on SF 'pay to play' politics (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/25/2015 5:37:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 12/23/15 | Matier and Ross
    Chinatown crime boss Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow - the man at the heart of a federal corruption case that brought down former state Sen. Leland Yee and engulfed City Hall with allegations of 'pay to play' politics, took the center stage in U.S. District Court this week to deny the murder and racketeering charges against him. But anyone expecting his testimony to blow the roof of City Hall or cause Mayor Ed Lee further embarrassment would be sadly disappointed. The trial has largely boiled down to unpacking the nearly decade-old murder of businessman Allen Leung, and whether Chow - who...
  • Six of 'Shrimp Boy' Chow's co-defendants plead guilty (shoulder fired missiles)

    09/11/2015 9:00:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/10/15 | Matt Hamilton
    Six defendants in the sweeping criminal prosecution of Raymond Shrimp Boy Chow, part of a public corruption and organized crime investigation that ensnared a once-prominent Democratic politician, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, prosecutors said.. In a San Francisco courtroom before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, the defendants entered their pleas to some of the charges filed against them in an indictment that alleged gun-running, a rampant pay-for-play political culture, money laundering, drug trafficking and more. None of the six admitted to racketeering, a count for which former state Sen. Leland Yee, one of the many caught in the wide-ranging federal inquiry,...
  • Attorney: FBI accused San Francisco mayor of taking bribes

    08/04/2015 10:32:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2015 9:23 PM EDT
    San Franciscos mayor was accused by the FBI of taking bribes in exchange for favors, attorneys for a defendant in an organized crime case centered on San Franciscos Chinatown said Tuesday. In a court filing, Curtis Briggs, an attorney for Raymond Shrimp Boy Chow, cites as the source of the FBIs allegation documents turned over to him by the government as part of the process of mounting a defense for his client. Briggs is seeking to dismiss the indictment against Chow on the grounds that the government is selectively prosecuting him while letting other people caught in its probe go....
  • Anti-2nd Amendment gun smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, headed to prison

    07/03/2015 7:18:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | Robert Laurie
    Were glad this criminal is off the streets, but well also be honest. We were hoping this one would go to trial because an anti-2nd Amendment Democrat who also happens to be an international gun-runner is just too much fun to pass up. Have fun in the slammer, Mr. Yee.
  • Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in California

    07/01/2015 11:53:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 7-1-2015 | SUDHIN THANAWALA, ap
    <p>An ex-California state senator has pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Franciscos Chinatown.</p> <p>Leland Yee entered the plea on Wednesday and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.</p>
  • The GOPs Asian Problem and How to Fix it

    05/16/2015 1:49:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 85 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Helen Raleigh
    It is well known that Asian Americans in this country vote overwhelmingly for Democrat candidates. Politico.com reported that “in the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won 73 percent of the Asian American vote, exceeding his support among Hispanics (71 percent) and women (55 percent).” What is unclear to many conservative politicians and operatives is why and how to fix it. But as the 2016 presidential race is heating up, any GOP candidate who wishes to have a serious shot at the White House simply cannot continue ignoring the Asian voting block, because the demographics in this country has already changed....
  • Leaked document detailed corruption probe of senator

    SACRAMENTO (AP) -- A dispute over who leaked an affidavit detailing a corruption probe involving a state senator is heading to federal court in Los Angeles after a judge's action on Friday. Ron Calderon, then a Democratic state senator from Montebello, filed a complaint in November 2013 contending that federal authorities tried to ruin his reputation by raiding his offices and leaking an FBI affidavit alleging he took money in return for promoting bills. He was later indicted and faces trial in federal court in Los Angeles beginning Aug. 11 on charges that he accepted $100,000 in bribes, lavish trips...
  • Philippine rebel group tied to Leland Yee (RAT-CA) returns guns of slain commandos

    02/22/2015 12:00:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Guns ^ | 2/19/14 | Chris Eger
    **SNIP** The 11,000 strong rebel group, which dates back to the 1960s, aims to carve out greater autonomy in the Philippines for the Muslim minority in the South of the archipelago. The group was cited extensively in a federal case made against Yee and dozens of other defendants last March following a four-year investigation. Yee, ironically known for his gun control legislation, was arrested then on a host of charges including plotting to smuggle guns into the country to be obtained through MILF contacts brokered by his associate, Dr. Wilson Lim . In an affidavit unsealed last year, Yee spoke...
  • Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Pleads Not Guilty to Revised Indictment (shoulder-fired missiles)

    02/14/2015 10:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/12/15
    **SNIP** The charges against most defendants, including Chow, remain the same as in a previous indictment, but the new document added two money laundering conspiracy counts against Yee and Jackson. All of the defendants are being re-arraigned on the revised 230-count indictment, known as the second superseding indictment, last week and this week. Chow, 54, of San Francisco, is accused of conspiring to racketeer, or to operate a continuing criminal enterprise that allegedly included selling drugs and stolen property and money laundering. He is also charged with conspiring to receive and transport stolen liquor, conspiring to traffic in stolen and...
  • Ex-Sen. Leland Yee pleads not guilty to expanded charges (shoulder-fired missiles)

    02/06/2015 2:28:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 2/05/15 | Bob Egelko
    Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty Thursday to an expanded indictment in his corruption case that included two new charges of money-laundering. The San Francisco Democrat was first charged in April, along with more than two dozen other defendants, of accepting $62,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as contributors in exchange for legislative favors, and for illegally importing firearms from the Philippines.
  • Ex-Sen. Yee pays $128,000 in campaign funds to lawyers since indictment (shoulder fired missiles)

    02/03/2015 4:42:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/03/15 | Patrick McGreevy
    Former state Sen. Leland Yees campaign committee for last years secretary of state race has spent $128,000 on attorney's fees since he was indicted on federal corruption charges, he reported this week. The practice is legal, but one ethics expert said it should be restricted. "Unfortunately Californias relatively weak restrictions on the use of surplus campaign funds mean that politicians can turn these accounts into personal slush funds," said Sarah Swanbeck, an advocate for the group Common Cause.
  • Feinstein Statement on Leland Yee

    03/27/2014 6:44:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 66 replies
    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ^ | Mar 27 2014 | Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
    WashingtonSenator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on California State Senator Leland Yee:The allegations against Senator Yee are shocking. It has become clear he has lost the confidence of his colleagues and for the good of his constituents should step down.###
  • Complications in SF 'Shrimp Boy' Prosecution (RAT Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    05/11/2014 3:55:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 5/09/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Accused Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has refused to sign on to a protective order that will allow defense attorneys to receive evidence from federal prosecutors, including audio recordings and video surveillance, from a five-year undercover investigation that led to his arrest, and the arrest of 26 others in March. Attorneys for the federal government on Thursday filed a motion to compel Chow to cooperate, noting that nearly all the other defendants have signed on, and only one other defendant has not signed because of a likely substitution of counsel in the near future. According...
  • Time ripe for peace with MILF: Clinton

    11/13/2009 8:16:17 AM PST · by Ron Jeremy · 18 replies · 1,303+ views
    cbs ^ | today | staff
    MANILA - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she is optimistic a peace pact between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will happen before President Arroyo steps down in 2010. Clinton said she believes Mrs. Arroyo is ready to make "difficult decisions" regarding the peace talks with the MILF before the end of her term.
  • Indicted lawmaker leaves fate of a half million dollars unclear (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/24/2014 5:27:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 5/22/14 | Paige St. John
    A small part of more than $800,000 that was parked in campaign accounts controlled by indicted or convicted California lawmakers is making its way back to contributors, but more than half a million dollars remains missing.. At the time of his arrest on bribery and corruption charges in March, Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) had $134,000 cash in his secretary of state campaign account and had weeks earlier sent more than $518,000 to a Los Angeles media agency for future campaign commercials. Campaign finance reports filed with the state by Thursday's reporting deadline show the indicted lawmaker had reduced that...
  • Judge rules Yee case evidence to remain secret (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/21/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/20/14 | Howard Mintz
    Over the objections of reputed gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers, a federal judge has ordered that the government's evidence in a sweeping criminal case that includes political corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret for now. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer imposed the restrictions Monday on every lawyer and defendant in the case, finding the material should be kept under wraps while both sides prepare for trial. Breyer rejected the free speech arguments of Chow's lawyer, J. Tony Serra, who insisted he should be able to reveal evidence to combat the government's public charges.