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State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Not Guity To Racketeering Charges

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Yee in custody as he arrives at the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco. Credit: CBSSF

Yee in custody as he arrives at the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco. Credit: CBSSF

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state senator previously charged with bribery has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering.

State Sen. Leland Yee also pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of accepting and soliciting bribes in exchange for help in Sacramento. The counts were included in a new indictment issued last week.

It also alleges that the San Francisco Democrat offered to help pass legislation making it harder for professional football players to obtain workers compensation in California, in exchange for campaign contributions from an unidentified NFL owner.

The new racketeering charge accuses Yee of orchestrating a wide-range of criminal activity. The indictment also includes corruption charges previously denied by Yee.

The California Senate has suspended Yee but he continues to get paid. He could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

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