California Lt. Governor Calls for Leland Yee to Resign

An old colleague from San Francisco – now in a much higher office in California – has called for State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) to resign. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has joined the chorus of California lawmakers calling on the Senator that wrote the 2005 anti-video game law to step down for the good of the "institution" in which he currently holds a seat.

On Friday the State Senate approved a measure to strip him of the power of the office until the criminal proceedings were concluded. Earlier in the week Yee and others were indicted in an FBI sting operation. Yee was charged with seven counts including bribery, corruption, and international gun-running charges.

"I think the senator should resign, for the benefit of not only himself to focus on his own problems, but the entire institution," Newsom said.

Newsom is no stranger to Yee. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Newsom was the mayor of San Francisco, and prior to that he served alongside Yee in local government. In 1996, San Francisco mayor Willie Brown (D) appointed Newsom to serve on the city's Parking and Traffic Commission, and then as a member of the Board of Supervisors the following year.

Newsom also said that he was shocked when he heard what Yee had been arrested for and that Yee is the exception, rather than the rule when it comes to politics.

"This is an exception. This is not the rule. But fundamentally, this is a sad day for all of us because it's all about public trust," Newsome said.

Yee is scheduled to be back in court today.

Source: ABC San Francisco

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    E. Zachary Knight says:

    I think there are certain precautions that are fine to take. Lee has not been impeached or anything, he has simply been denied the ability to vote and perform other Senator duties while the investigation and trial take place. It is the same idea behind a cop being suspended while he is investigated for excessive force.

    Think of it another way. Would you want someone being tried for insider trading to have the ability to continue to make investment deals while the trial is taking place, particularly if they are an employee of yours? Probably not. You wouldn't want that kind of liability on your hands.

    Now, if he were to be found innocent and they refused to grant him full rights back, then we have an issue. 

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    Neeneko says:

    Oddly enough, I am not in favor of this.

    I do not like Yee in so many ways, but I am a big believer in 'innocent until proven guilty' and that extends extrajudicial consequences.   One of the big flaws in our legal system is how it can destroy a life (esp if you are not exactly rich) regardless of guilt or innocence, and I feel this is something that should not be celebrated even when it hurting an enemy.

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