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State Senator Leland Yee arrested

California politician who penned game law that went before Supreme Court up on corruption charges

California State Senator Leland Yee was arrested and brought up on public corruption charges this morning, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. The politician is best known in the game industry as the author of Assembly Bill 1179, the 2005 legislation that pushed the debate over violent video games all the way to the Supreme Court.

Yee was arrested at his San Francisco home, while his office in Sacremento and various other locations were searched in a series of raids. According to the paper's sources, the raids ultimately stemmed from a shooting five years ago. Exact details on the charges against Yee have not yet been released.

According to the Chronicle, Yee has been arrested previously, in 2000, on suspicion of shoplifting a bottle of suntan oil. The year before, he was twice pulled over by police in San Francisco's Mission District on suspicion of cruising for prostitutes, though no charges were brought.

Yee has served on the State Senate for nearly eight years, but has recently been a candidate for California Secretary of State.

Efforts to reach Yee's camp for comments were not successful as of this writing.

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Latest comments (13)

Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
Corrupt politicians are far worse for society than are violent video games.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
Following Jim's lead:
Yee has been arrested previously, in 2000, on suspicion of shoplifting a bottle of suntan oil
A politician....arrested. For stealing....suntan oil? Maybe it's just me but I think that tanning is much worse for people's bodies than playing violent video games.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
Hoo... boy. Welp, GTA VI will have this guy in there somewhere as a parody of a parody.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
We could say... (puts on sunglasses) that It's "game over" for him.
YEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 27th March 2014 8:04am

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Typical - How many of these "do-gooders" in the end are revealed to be the worst offenders of all.
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Jakub Mikyska CEO, Grip Digital2 years ago
He played all those horrible games and they turned him into a criminal! He was such a good person, before GTA V taught him how to cruise for prostitutes and launder money. The only think I don't understand is the suntan oil... ;-)
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Gary LaRochelle Digital Artist / UI/UX Designer / Game Designer, Flea Ranch Games2 years ago
The charges also include gun trafficking.

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2014/03/26/second-amendment-groups-jump-on-anti-gun-democrat-yee-hypocrite-charged-with-gun-trafficking/

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Gary LaRochelle on 27th March 2014 1:59pm

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Gerald Arndt 3d Character Animator 2 years ago
Yeah. Tried to set up an under cover agent a meeting with an international arms dealer.
lmao.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
The irony now. Gun trafficking? Was he involved in that ATF Fast and Furious program too?
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Axel Cushing Games Editor 2 years ago
@Jim
Wrong state. And that was the Feds. Arizona state senators would never willingly go along with a gun sting like that.

There 's part of me that wonders if Fredric Wertham would have gone this route. Both child psychologists, both "public crusaders" against media they viewed as a moral threat to American youth.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
"The measure of a man is what he does with power" (Plato)
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
The new measure of a man is in what he does with a bottle of stolen suntan oil.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
@Jim
Wrong state. And that was the Feds. Arizona state senators would never willingly go along with a gun sting like that.
Yeah, I know. I was just playing on the whole pop culture referencing that seemed to be Yee's targets and how ironic it would be if he were somehow involved.
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