California state senator Leland Yee, a Democrat and ally of Filipino-Americans, pleaded not guilty to bribery and gun-running charges that could land him behind bars for life. Yee, now suspended, appeared before a San Francisco federal courthouse on Tuesday, April 8. He is the highest profile among 29 defendants caught in an FBI sting operation that initially targeted San Francisco Chinatown’s gang underworld but ended up with an exposé of political corruption as well. An arrest warrant affidavit showed Yee desperate to pay campaign debt.
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