2014-04-04T224801Z_2_CBREA331FVB00_RTROPTP_2_USA-CALIFORNI-YEE

California's senator Yee indicted on gun, corruption charges

Suspended California State Senator Leland Yee departs the U.S. courthouse following a hearing in San FranciscoBy Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – A prominent Democratic California state senator and gun-control advocate was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in firearms, according to court documents released on Friday. The indictment adds to the troubles facing state Senator Leland Yee, who was arrested last week and criminally charged along with two dozen others in the same case. Yee, 65, is the third California state senator to face criminal charges this year in separate cases that have cost Democrats a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in an election year and prompted them to cancel a major fundraiser planned for this weekend. Senate Democratic leader Darrell Steinberg, who has said that the charges against Yee “sickened” him, on Friday renewed calls for the senator to resign.

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