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Lol this dude is a hella bad Hippocrate... He was heavily against GTA IV and GTA V and tried to ban the sale of them aswell as a few other games in CA


California state senator Leland Yee, who wrote the law the Supreme Court overturned in a landmark 2011 decision establishing video games as a form of protected expression, was arrested on charges of bribery and corruption Wednesday morning, according to several news reports.

The FBI raided Yee's office at the state capitol in Sacramento, reported KCRA-TV, and the FBI also raided homes and businesses elsewhere in the city and in the Bay Area, where Yee's district is located.

Yee is a candidate for California secretary of state.

KGO-TV of San Francisco reported that the FBI sweep involves suspected gang members.


Yee, 65, sponsored the 2005 bill that became the basis for Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a 2011 Supreme Court decision ruling that video games were protected speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the same as books, films, and other works.

Yee's law had established criminal penalties for anyone selling a "violent video game," as defined by the state, to a minor. Days after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed it into law, the Entertainment Merchants Association, with the Entertainment Software Association, filed a lawsuit against the state calling the law an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech.

A federal district court judge agreed and a federal appellate court affirmed that decision. California appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which then ruled 7-2 in favor of the EMA.

Yee, a child psychologist before beginning his legislative career in 2002, remained a vocal antagonist of video games. In early 2013 he told video gamers to "just quiet down," and that they "have no credibility," in the argument over violent games, which had renewed in light of the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


Source: http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/26/5549744/leland-yee-arrested-corruption


The allegations against Sen. Leland Yee were outlined in an FBI criminal complaint that names 25 other defendants, including Raymond Chow, a onetime gang leader with ties to San Francisco's Chinatown known as "Shrimp Boy," and Keith Jackson, Yee's campaign aide. The affidavit accuses Yee of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms.


Investigators said Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles, and explained the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S., according to an affidavit by FBI agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.


Jackson, a former San Francisco school board president and well-known political consultant who raised money for Yee's unsuccessful mayoral run in 2011 and his current bid for secretary of state, remained in custody.

Jackson, 49, did not enter a plea Wednesday as the FBI accused him of being involved in a murder-for-hire scheme and trafficking guns and drugs. He was denied bail and is due back in court Monday.

Source: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/mar/26/fbi-conducts-raids-in-san-francisco-bay-area/

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