Anti-Violent Gaming Politician Leland Yee Indicted For Corruption

California’s, and more specifically San Francisco’s Democratic State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption. Well known for his stance against anti-violent video games and the gaming industry itself, The San Jose Mercury News reports that the FBI detained Yee this morning.

According to the Mercury News, “The FBI was seen at Yee’s Sacramento office, where they reportedly arrived at 7 a.m.” KCRA confirms that Yee was “taken into San Francisco’s Federal Building wearing handcuffs after he was detained…”

Thought it’s still unclear what the FBI alleges Yee did, the Mercury News report states the “Targets of the raid are expected to appear in federal court in San Francisco this afternoon,” where things should be clarified. The Mercury News does believes he’ll be charged for both bribery and corruption.

Yee’s stance against violent video games can be dated all the way back to 2005, during Grand Theft Auto: Sand Andreas’ infamous Hot Coffee controversy. Yee campaigned the video game law that was passed that year, signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the time, that opposed the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The law was ultimately struck down in 2010 when it went to the Supreme Court.

Yee also blamed gamers and violent video games for the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which he stated: “Gamers have got to just quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.”




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