California State Senator Leland Yee Stripped of Political Power Until Criminal Case Concludes

March 28, 2014 - James Fudge

Lawmakers in Sacramento voted today to suspend three Democratic Senators who are facing criminal charges. By a vote of 28-1, the California Senate passed a resolution to prevent Senators Leland Yee, Ron Calderon, and Rod Wright from using the power of their respective offices until criminal proceedings against them are concluded.

Senator Yee was indicted on seven different counts related to corruption, gun running, and taking money for political favors. Shortly after his indictment was unsealed, Yee's attorney announced that he had given up his bid for Secretary of State.

One aspect of the resolution passed by lawmakers in the state senate that has made the public angry is that all three men will continue to receive their $95,000 annual salaries.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg acknowledged the public criticism of the chamber but told his fellow lawmakers before the votes were cast that "this is not what this Senate is about."

Critics of the Sacramento political culture strongly disagree.

Source: Politico


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Re: California State Senator Leland Yee Stripped of ...

I'd like to know who the person who apparently went "hmm... these corruption charges, eh they aren't that big of a deal, let's give them some slack" in the vote.

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Actually, the sole vote against suspending them, Republican Joel Anderson of San Diego, felt suspension didn't go far enough and they should have been expelled from their seats.

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ok, that makes a bit more sense.

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Re: California State Senator Leland Yee Stripped of ...

That is an excellent reason to vote against such a measure. Especially if you know you will be in a minority or a sole vote against. It adds a surprising amount of weight to your arguments.

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Probably someone as corrupt as he is, or moreso.

 
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