Suspended State Sen. Leland Yee, who has pleaded not guilty to bribery and gun charges in connection to a year’s long federal investigation into organized crime in Chinatown, could change his plea today in federal court, according to recent filings.
Yee’s set to go before Judge U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer this morning where he could change his plea in a hearing along with three co-defendants.
Yee was arrested last March in a series of federal raids that included 19 others. Among those arrested was Raymond Chow, a former Chinatown gangster who contends he’s a reformed man.
A San Francisco democrat and the first Chinese-American to be elected to the state senate, Yee was known for his gun-control and violence-prevention efforts.
Yee’s campaign consultant, Keith Jackson, is also scheduled to appear at the same hearing. He pleaded not guilty to murder-for-hire, corruption, conspiracy and firearms trafficking charges and also could change his plea along with the other defendants.
In all, 29 people have been charged in the organized crime investigation.