State Sen. Leland Yee to be released on $500,000 bond

SAN FRANCISCO -- California state Sen. Leland Yee sat between two other manacled defendants and grimly surveyed the courtroom, his face fixed in a frown.

Appearing Wednesday afternoon in federal court, where he was arraigned with 19 other defendants, Yee wore a casual, light-weight blue jacket, his hair stylishly combed. He gazed out at the courtroom without flinching, even as reporters stood to get a better a look at him.

Yee was charged with six counts of depriving the public of honest service — each carrying a maximum 20 years in prison — and gun trafficking, which carries a maximum of five years in prison.

“Mr. Yee, do you understand the charges against you?” asked U.S. Magistrate Nathanael Cousins.
“Yes,” Yee replied with a nod.

Most of the those accused with Yee were of Chinese descent. Several followed the proceedings with the aid of an interpreter, and one elderly defendant sat in a wheelchair. Three of the accused were women.

Yee was to be released on a $500,000 bond after surrendering his passport. He will be able to go anywhere in the state.  

Other defendants who were given bail had to post bonds of either $100,000 or $50,000.

The courtroom where Yee appeared was packed, and reporters and the public also filled a second, overflow courtroom where the proceedings were broadcast by audio.


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