<b>SENATE SCANDAL:</b> The most recent FBI sting revelation involves guns, murder for hire, State Senator Leland Yee, and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow (pictured).

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SENATE SCANDAL: The most recent FBI sting revelation involves guns, murder for hire, State Senator Leland Yee, and Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow (pictured).

Shrimp Boy’ Shocker

Leland Yee Corruption Case Includes Bizarre Gun and Murder Plots

Thursday, April 3, 2014
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In December 2012, State Senator Leland Yee called for stricter gun control laws, following the murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, speaking emotionally of the tragedy’s affect on him. “As a father, I have wept for the parents and families who lost their precious children,” the San Francisco Democrat said, “and I have felt so incredibly grateful for my own children.”

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Two years later, Yee said that he could arrange the sale of $2 million worth of war grade weapons while sitting in a San Francisco coffee shop and speaking to a man whom he thought was an East Coast Mafia leader but was actually an undercover FBI agent.

His opinion of the arms sale was “agnostic,” the liberal lawmaker stated: “People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care. People need certain things.”

The disconnect between Yee’s public and private views about guns offers a glimpse into his secret double life, as detailed in a remarkable 137-page FBI affidavit that last week led to the arrest of the 65-year-old career politician, along with two dozen others, including a longtime S.F. Chinatown gangster called Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

“Shocking,” “sickening,” and “surreal” were three words Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) used about the astonishing scandal; while vivid, his comments fell short in describing the improbable sweep and bizarre substance of the matter.

Yee was arrested at home early on March 26, as federal agents simultaneously raided his Capitol office and nabbed the others around the Bay Area on charges of bribery, racketeering, and murder for hire, among others. A federal judge released Yee on a $500,000 bond; he will enter a plea when formally indicted.

Most of the others caught up in the three-year, 14-man sting operation were not released, including “Shrimp Boy” Chow, whose gang moniker not only delighted headline writers around the state (his grandmother in Hong Kong reportedly nicknamed as a boy so spirits would protect him because of his small stature) but also recalled recent decades of violent clashes between competing Chinatown criminal organizations. Chow, who spent 22 years in prison and wears an electronic ankle monitor, has claimed in recent years that he has turned his life around and wants to help at-risk youths, earning him plaques and plaudits from Democratic politicians from S.F. Mayor Ed Lee to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Apparently, their encomiums were premature.

Yee’s predicament stems from his urgent efforts to raise campaign cash, first to pay off a $70,000 debt from an ill-fated run for mayor in 2011 and, more recently, his bid to be elected California’s Secretary of State, an effort from which he formally withdrew last week (too late for the state to remove his name from the ballot).

“Helping” him in fundraising was a controversial political consultant named Keith Jackson. It was he who broached the purported weapons deal — Yee claimed connections to armed rebels in the Philippines and gunrunners in Asia. Jackson’s son also became entangled when he urged another agent to employ him for a murder-for-hire contract.

Yee’s alleged role in the arms sale conspiracy has been heavily publicized, but it may be the least of his legal troubles; the allegation carries a maximum five-year sentence, while six corruption counts, under the federal “honest services” law, could get him 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine each.

A day after Yee’s arrest, Steinberg led the Senate in voting overwhelmingly to “suspend” him and two other members of the house enmeshed in their own corruption cases (covered here and here). This means they will continue to get paid; many Democrats refuse to consider “expelling” the three until their legal cases are resolved.

The FBI affidavit, which has been virtually the only source of media information about the case, asserts that there is considerable wiretap and tape-recorded evidence against Yee. But some legal scholars note that corruption cases involving campaign contributions can be difficult for prosecutors; they must prove not only that a politician took money but also that in his own mind he knew and understood it was given in exchange for a specific quid pro quo rather than support for his more general views and votes.

“For prosecutors,” Steven Larson, an ex-prosecutor turned defense attorney, told the Sacramento Bee, “the singular challenge is establishing criminal intent — proving that contributions are bribes and not protected speech, something far harder to do in a court of law than the court of public opinion.”


Independent Discussion Guidelines

This is what happens when there is one party rule.

Ooops, did I just say that? Those words are usually coming from DEMOCRATS. I guess their glass house is finally falling…...

Priceless (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 7:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Gun Control Laws really have no effect on the Criminal Element of Society, as Senator Yee has so aptly shown, all the draconian Firearms Laws that he has championed and authored were just against the Law Abiding Citizenry and had no effect on the criminal element.

The 137 page FBI affidavit can be downloaded here:

Per the FBI affidavit Page 82, Senator Yee was willing to facilitate;

Placing "Automatic Weapons and Shoulder-fired Missiles" on the streets of California.

Page 82,

"KEITH JACKSON asked UCE 4599 "You know what you want right?" UCE 4599 told SENATOR YEE and KEITH JACKSON he wanted any type of "shoulder-fired" weapons or missiles. SENATOR YEE asked UCE4599 if he wanted "automatic weapons" as opposed to semi-automatic weapons. UCE 4599 confirmed with SENATOR YEE he wanted automatic weapons..."

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 8:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Shrimp Boy is a Chinese citizen. Why he hasn't been deported is beyond me. Can anyone spell i-m-m-i-g-r-a-t-i-o-n r-e-f-o-r-m?

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Shocking? Hardly. A lying, sneaky, hypocritical, corrupt politician? Practically defines the job. Not unusual at all. Why, we have our own example right here. No names, but the initials are JW.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Two things that the NRA, Republicans, and all pro-gun advocates should thank the Democrat party for:
1) The election of Obama, because of his election, gun sales have never been better.
2) Senator Leland Yee, because his legal and illegal activities have done so much in proving the evils of gun control.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

When alcohol prohibition was in effect, Al Capone flourished (as did many others) in the bootleg sale of alcohol.

Such is the effect of gun control, drug laws, and other such measures.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 3:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think the bigger issue is this.

Professional Politicians pimp their electorate with laws that focus on knee-jerk reactions to emotional social events. PP's are whores and in reality they care nothing about the electorate, only about ME, MYSELF and I and really have no Ideology but personal greed and advancement.

Yee is the poster boy for what is going on in the California Legislature, its really not Democrats and Republicans, it is Professional Politicians across the board.

One of the reasons we have a plethora to the nth power of meaningless laws that makes the law abiding Citizenry accidental felons on a daily basis, or the current formation of a Police State.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Federal Grand Jury indicted Senator Yee

April 4 (Reuters) - A grand jury in San Francisco has indicted a prominent Democratic California state senator on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in firearms, according to court documents released on Friday.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2014 at 6:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

California Congresswoman Jackie Speier , same district as California State Senator Leland Yee, says,

"Citing the fact that now-suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee allegedly planned to help bring illegal guns into the country, Rep. Jackie Speier, (D-CA), is calling for the President to ban the import of ‘lethal assault weapons.’

This announcement came Wednesday from the Congresswoman, who represents the same district that Yee hailed from."

“This FBI investigation of Leland Yee reveals how easy it is to import lethal assault weapons that were previously banned,” said Speier in an emailed statement from the Representative’s office to

“This case should be a warning to us all that even the most trusted appearing among us are ready to do real harm,” she said.

Her solution to fix future instances of potential gun running such as in the Yee case? Call on the White House to ban the import of “assault weapons.”

“Since Congress can pass no meaningful gun-control laws, even after the mass killing in Newtown, President Obama should use his pen to slow the import of these weapons, which have no place in our homes,” wrote Speier.'

Dear Congresswoman Speier,

"Assault Weapons" are by Military Definition "select fire arms" or "fully automatic" and already ILLEGAL to import into the United States unless you are a Governmental Entity. Select-Fire Arms of all types have been highly Regulated in the United States since the Gun Control Act of 1934.

Just whoring to the electorate, eh.

These People are passing laws?

Yes Jackie your very incompetent presence does harm, to the Republic.

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2014 at 5:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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