Suspended California state senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) pled "not guilty" to Racketeering charges in Federal Court today. After the proceedings Yee had no comment for the throng of media waiting for him outside the court house.
Yee is accused of offering to help undercover FBI agents buy assault weapons from suspected terrorist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, and for promising political favors and voting on specific bills in exchange for campaign contributions.
All the charges against Yee (and others) are related to a five-year FBI investigation that also helped indict former Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp-Boy" Chow; and political consultant Keith Jackson, a former San Francisco school board president who is also indicted for narcotics conspiracy, wire fraud, murder for hire, and conspiracy to import firearms. Both Chow and Jackson pled "not guilty" in separate court appearances.
Yee is known in gaming circles as the man behind the 2005 anti-video game bill that banned the sale of mature-rated games to minors and included provisions for punitive actions against retailers that did not comply. A California court placed an injunction on the law shortly before it could go into effect. The case was eventually heard by the Supreme Court, who ruled in 2010 that it was unconstitutional (Brown v. EMA).