Timeline: Legal Troubles Of Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon, Rod Wright
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Three California state senators were officially suspended on Friday by a 28-1 vote, but will continue to receive their pay.
Here is a history of the legal troubles of Sens. Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright and Leland Yee that have cast a pall on the crumbling Democratic supermajority in the state Senate.
Sept. 17, 2010: An indictment against Wright by a Los Angeles County grand jury was unsealed, accusing him of voter fraud and perjury.
June 4, 2013: Calderon’s Capitol office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. CBS13 cameras captured agents carting away boxes filled with documents and hard drives, but the feds were tight-lipped about the contents and why they were at the Capitol.
Jan. 28, 2014: Wright is convicted. Prosecutors say Wright made it appear that he had moved into an Inglewood property he owned in order to run in 2008 to represent the 25th Senate District. His sentencing is originally set for March 12.
Feb. 21, 2014: Calderon and his brother Tom are indicted. Ron Calderon is charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes, lavish trips and no-show jobs for his children in exchange for pushing legislation to benefit a hospital engaged in billing fraud and participating in a film industry tax scheme that actually was an FBI sting.
Feb. 21, 2014: On the same day as Calderon’s indictment, Wright’s sentencing is pushed back to May 16, 2014.
Feb. 24, 2014: Calderon pleads not guilty to multiple corruption counts involving bribes, kickbacks and fraud.
March 2, 2014: Calderon tells the Associated Press he’s taking an absence to focus on fighting charges against him, but says he’s not resigning.
March 26, 2014: Yee is arrested and his offices are raided in connection with a gunrunning investigation. State Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg holds a conference that afternoon with other senators calling for Yee to “Leave.”
March 27, 2014: Yee leaves race for California secretary of state.
March 28, 2014: The California State Senate votes 28-1 to suspend Wright, Calderon and Yee with pay.