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New Leland Yee Charges Allege He Shook Down an NFL Owner
Scott Lucas | Photo: Courtesy Wall Street Journal | July 25, 2014
"We gotta juice this thing."
The Leland Yee corruption investigation and trial is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, prosecutors announced additional charges against the disgraced State Senator (who nevertheless placed fourth in the race for Secretary of State—even after withdrawing his candidacy).
Yee and his campaign consultant Keith Jackson are now charged with shaking down an unidentified NFL team owner as well as extorting members of the California Athletics Commission and the mixed martial arts industry.
You know, just another day at the office.
The first first set of charges related to an alleged Yee scheme to accept $60,000 in campaign contributions from the owner of an unidentified NFL team in exchange for his vote on legislation making it harder for pro athletes to collect workers comp. At one point, Yee told an undercover FBI agent that the agent should contact the owner to set up the deal, with Yee allegedly telling the agent "we gotta juice this thing." The indictment doesn't provide any evidence that an actual owner was involved, and no money actually exchanged hands, even though Yee voted for the bill.
At this point, we wouldn't be surprised that Yee had allegedly showed up at AT&T Park with a can of gasoline and a match book and told Giants owners, "Nice stadium you got here. Shame if anything happened to it."
The other new allegation against Yee is that he tried to shake down MMA owners regarding bureaucratic regulation of the fighting sport in the state of California. Which, we've got to say, by Leland Yee's allegedly massive propensity for corruption seems kind of small potatos. Maybe he was just having an off week.
Yee is also being charged with new counts of racketeering, which could bring addition penalties. He has pleaded not guilty to all previous charges, but will have to enter a new plea to the new set. Yee technically remains in office.
To read the new set of charges, which also cover some of the other 28 defendants, click here.