California state senator Leland Yee slapped with additional charge

California state senator Leland Yee slapped with additional charge

California state senator Leland Yee, who was arrested with 19 other people earlier this year, was on Friday slapped with an additional charge by a federal grand jury.

San Francisco federal court yesterday charged Yee with additional indictment of racketeering & conspiracy to get property under the hue of official right. The new indictment was slapped on him in addition to previous multiple indictments of conspiracy, bribery and related charges.

According to the new indictment, 65-year-old Yee offered to help pass legislation that would have made it harder for professional football players to get workers compensation in the state, in exchange for election campaign contributions from an anonymous NFL owner.

It also accuses the San Francisco Democrat of taking bribes in exchange for votes in favor of many other measures, including the one that would extend the lifespan of the California State Athletic Commission.

James Lassart, an attorney for Yee, could not immediately be reached for a comment on the new indictment.

Yee has yet not pleaded guilty to the original multiple charges. He will have to enter a plea to the charges in the new indictment by coming Wednesday.

Yee is one of three California state senators who were suspended in March over ethics charges. There suspension and indictment by the court is expected to cost their party a lot in the upcoming elections.

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