Oh, the irony. Disgraced former senator Leland Yee has pleaded guilty to charges of taking bribes in exchange for votes, racketeering and promising to smuggle guns into the US from the Philippines. Of course, like so many beautiful twists of fate, Yee was a prominent moral crusader who led a campaign against violent video games. The senator authored AB-1179, legislation that would have outlawed the sale of said titles to California’s teens, which was defeated by the Supreme Court. Way to keep our kids safe, Leels.
As part of the deal Yee has made, he’ll only face punishment for the racketeering charge, with the other offenses dismissed. That doesn’t mean he’s off the hook, however, since he’s still facing up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, not to mention repaying the money he received as bribes. Yee’s sentencing hearing is pencilled in for October 21st, which is when we’ll find out for sure how long he’s going to have to spend behind bars. Sing it with us, Leland, “It’s like rain, on your wedding day…”