Federal Case Against Leland Yee and 28 Other Defendants Already Proving to Be Complicated

April 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

All 29 defendants in the massive federal corruption case that netted several politicians including California State Senator Leland Yee, a reformed gangster named Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, and many others, appeared in Federal court on Thursday.

The early proceedings are already proving to be very complicated for the court, with so many defendants, lawyers, documents, and evidence collected over five years by the FBI. The judge overseeing the case is trying to set up a system to manage the potentially unwieldy trial.

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Poll Results: Should Corrupt Politicians Be Put To Death?

April 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers: "Should corrupt politicians face different penalties for breaking the law?" You voted, and the majority of those votes concluded that politicians should face a more severe punishment than regular average citizens might face. Around 47 percent of voters said that they should face a more severe punishment; while 18 percent said that politicians should be hung (the plain way of saying they should face the death penalty). Tough crowd.

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FBI Sets Up Meetings With San Francisco Leaders Related to Leland Yee Case

April 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The FBI wants to talk to San Francisco leaders about Leland Yee, according to a report from CBS. The FBI wants San Francisco city leaders to talk with the agency on a voluntary basis as part of its ongoing investigation targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate in Chinatown.

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Philippines Reviews Customs Procedures in Wake of Leland Yee Indictment

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) Chief John Philip Sevilla has ordered a thorough review of existing procedures on exportation following news that California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) had managed to smuggle firearms from the Philippines to the United States.

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California Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Make Campaign Funds Off Limits for Legal Defense in Criminal Cases

April 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and two other state senators facing criminal charges will not be able to use campaign funds to pay their legal bills if Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) has his way. He announced a plan this week to introduce a bill that would bar California politicians from having the ability to spend campaign funds on things such as legal fees, travel, and gifts.

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Philippines Government Investigating Leland Yee Gun Smuggling Allegations

April 10, 2014 - Gamepoltics Staff

The Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (the country's equivalent of the FBI) is investigating allegations that California State Senator was brokering a deal to buy firearms in the country and smuggle them into the United States.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 94

April 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss how Facebook buying Oculus VR could affect the technology's future development, if politicians who commit crimes should suffer stiffer punishments (including the death penalty), and Amazon's foray into the set-top box/ micro-console space with Fire TV. Download Episode 94 now: SuperPAC Episode 94 (1 hour, 2 minutes) 71.2 MB.

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California AG Candidate Proposes Death Penalty for Corrupt Politicians

April 7, 2014 - GamePolitcs Staff

If Republican California for Attorney General candidate Phil Wyman had his way State Senator Leland Yee (D) and two other lawmakers would be put to death if convicted of their crimes. He has put forward the idea that the best way to prevent government corruption is for those who put their constituents in harm's way with their dirty dealings should face the death penalty.

Leland Yee Hires Former Federal and State Prosecutor To Take on Federal Charges

April 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee has dumped attorney Paul DeMeester for a new attorney with a pretty impressive resume - a former federal and state prosecutor - to represent him against federal corruption, bribery and illegal firearms sales charges. Yee on Wednesday hired San Francisco attorney James Lassart to replace Paul DeMeester. DeMeester told the San Jose Mercury News that the court was notified of the change in legal representation on Wednesday.

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FBI Searches Second Leland Yee Senate Office in Sacramento

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

FBI agents searched another legislative office belonging to suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on Tuesday after lawmakers alerted authorities that Yee had additional office space.

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Poll Results: Will Leland Yee's Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will Leland Yee’s Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?" The majority of votes went to the option that basically said anti-game research will continue unabated and unashamed, despite one of its biggest advocates showing that he didn't really care about the issue at all.

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Report: Leland Yee Can Spend Campaign Contributions on Legal Fees

April 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Those poor souls who donated half a million dollars to Senator Leland Yee's campaign for California Secretary of State may want to demand that the Senator gives the money back before he spends it on legal fees. Apparently under California law he can use some of that war chest to mount a defense.

Jay Wierenga, spokesman for the California Fair Political Practices Commission tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the money Yee raised to run for Secretary of State can be used to pay for legal fees related to corruption, bribery and firearm trafficking charges.

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Report: Leland Yee's Attorney Hints at an Entrapment Defense

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) appeared in court today for a bail hearing in an attempt to get the amount reduced. The judge overseeing the case ruled that the bail amount would remain at $500,000.

U.S. Magistrate Nathaniel Cousins ordered Yee to return to court on April 8 for either an arraignment on a grand jury indictment or a preliminary hearing on the criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors last week.

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California Senate Republican Leader Applauds Suspension of Sens. Yee, Calderon, and White

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

California Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff issued a statement on Friday applauding the Senate's effort to suspend Senators Ron Calderon, Rod Wright and Leland Yee. Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) said in his statement that the Senate took "decisive action" in suspending the three senators who are currently embroiled in unrelated corruption cases. All three are Democrats.

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California Lt. Governor Calls for Leland Yee to Resign

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Report: Leland Yee's Gun Deals May Have Supplied Arms to Philippines Rebels

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An affidavit by an FBI undercover agent details how California State Senator Leland Yee (and a group he regularly used) allegedly supplied arms to, among others, Muslim rebels in the Philippines. The Philippines government has been in a long running war with rebels, who want to turn Mindanao into an Islamic state.

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Next Media Animation Lampoons Leland Yee

March 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Next Media Animation has put up a video detailing - in a way only they can do - California State Senator Leland Yee being indicted on seven different charges including bribery, corruption, and gun-running. The video is bizarre, takes liberties with the facts, and is funny - everything you'd expect from an NMA video. Check it out to your left.

You can check out the group's official YouTube channel here.

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Leland Yee: Rocket Launchers and the Chinese Mafia

March 28, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

As we all know by now, Leland Yee was arrested earlier this week on accusations of bribery and corruption.  I read through the 137-page affidavit and reported on the specifics of Yee's alleged wrong-doings which included buying campaign donations with political favors and attempting to broker an arms deal.

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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.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Video Games Are More Violent Than My New Film

March 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest film, Sabotage, hits theaters today in the United States. The film, which is getting decent reviews, is about the head of a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) whose members are viciously killed and mutilated after a cartel bust. Schwarzenegger plays the lead character. But in promoting the film, the aging action star and former Republican Governor of California defended the high levels of violence by taking a shot at video games.

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Former Friends, Foes Comment on California Senator Leland Yee's Indictments

March 28, 2014 - James Fudge

A number of things have happened since State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was indicted on a wide range of charges by the U.S. Department of Justice. Sen. Leland Yee’s defense attorney, Paul DeMeester, announced that he was no longer running for California Attorney General, for starters. DeMeester declined to discuss whether Yee intends to comply with the resignation demand from state Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

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Poll: Will Leland Yee’s Arrest Negatively Affect the Viability of Anti-Video Game Arguments?

March 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Leland Yee is best known by gamers as a man who claimed that playing violent video games was harmful to children and attempted to pass legislation that would prevent them from buying such titles.

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Leland Yee Accused of Buying Campaign Donations With Political Favors and Brokering an Arms Deal

March 26, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

As we reported earlier today, Leland Yee, author of the 2005 anti-video game law that was shot down by the Supreme Court in the landmark Brown v EMA decision, was arrested this morning on charges of bribery and corruption.

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California Senator Leland Yee Arrested on Corruption and Bribery Charges

March 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Leland Yee (D- San Francisco) was arrested this morning on bribery and corruption charges and his office is currently being raided by the FBI. According to a report on KRCA, the FBI is apparently taking computers and documents from the State Senator's office and it is being guarded by the California Highway Patrol and the Senate's Sergeant at Arms.

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Leland Yee Apologizes to Gamers for Comments Made to The San Francisco Chronicle

January 29, 2013 -

Last week California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said that gamers had no credibility when it came to the discussion of violent video games. More precisely the author of the California bill that was at the center of the Supreme Court case Brown v. EMA said:

"Gamers have got to just quiet down," Yee, D-San Francisco, said in an interview last Tuesday. "Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 38

January 29, 2013 -

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about SimCity's EULA fiasco, all the stupid things said about video game violence by various politicians, and the latest GamePolitics poll. Download it now: SuperPAC Episode 38 (1 hour, 4 minutes) 58.4 MB.

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Leland Yee: Gamers Have 'No Credibility' in Violent Video Game Debate, Should 'Just Quiet Down'

January 24, 2013 -

The San Francisco Chronicle offers an in-depth article on how video games have been drawn into the discussion on gun violence featuring quotes from California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) , IGDA Executive Director executive director, and Ian Bogost, professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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California Agrees to Pay ESA $950k for Brown v. EMA Court Costs

January 26, 2012 -

The state of California has agreed to pay the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 in legal fees related to arguing Brown v. EMA before the U.S. Supreme Court. When combined with reimbursements for the 2008 case (which the state already paid), the grand total that California paid the ESA comes to $1,327,000.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011 -

GamePolitics is going dark today in observance of Thanksgiving and boy howdy do gamers like us have oodles to be thankful for this year.  Fall 2011 is jam-packed with more awesome video games than most will ever have the time (or money) to play.  See the bottom of Leland Yee’s recent “Don’t buy these video games” press release to parents for a few good suggestions.

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Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

November 23, 2011 -

After losing the mayoral race in San Francisco, California state senator Leland Yee is getting back into the groove.. of targeting violent video games and giving parents advice before they go out shopping for the holidays. The good senator from the San Francisco/San Mateo district issued a press release this morning urging parents not to buy their children violent video games for the holidays.

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MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
 

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