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California State senator and candidate for San Francisco mayor Leland Yee greets a friend in front of his campaign headquarters on November 7, 2011 in San Francisco, California.
California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has been detailed on public corruption and bribery charges as part of a major FBI crackdown in the Bay Area, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Search and arrest warrants have been served throughout the Bay Area this morning. Besides Yee, a San Francisco Chinatown gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow” has also been arrested. Chow had been arrested and had served time in prison before for racketeering. He allegedly has ties to a Hong Kong triad called Wo Hop To.
Yee is running to become the next Secretary of State and his indictment puts his candidacy in jeopardy.
Josh Richman, San Jose Mercury News reporter who has been following the case
Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School and vice president of the LA Ethics Commission