Lawyer: Yee taught disgraced politician about bribery, corruption

State Sen. Leland Yee was seen leaving his home for the first time Friday afternoon since he posted his $500,000 bail Wednesday.

Yee faces multiple public corruption charges, which include weapons trafficking and soliciting money in exchange for political favors. He was caught in an FBI sting that snared two dozen other people, including one of San Francisco's most notorious mobsters, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow.

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Chow, along with several other defendants, appeared in court Friday.

One man not surprised by Yee's arrest is lawyer Stu Hanlon.

"Leland Yee was Ed's mentor," Hanlon said. "Ed was brought into the political world by Leland."

Hanlon is talking about his client, disgraced former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew. He was just released from federal prison after serving nearly five years for extortion and bribery convictions.

"He taught him how to do things," Hanlon added "And one of the things he taught him was how to raise money with the red envelope and putting pressure on people to give you money."

Meanwhile, the State Senate made an unprecedented decision Friday about Yee, D- San Francisco; Ron Calderon, D-Montebello; and Rod Wright, D-Inglewood.

"I rise [Friday] to seek the indefinite suspension of Senators Yee, Calderon and Wright."

By a vote of 28-1, the three senators were stripped of their power, but not their pay.

READ MORE: Calif. Senate suspends Yee, R. Calderon, Wright

Republican Joel Anderson from El Cajon cast the lone "No" vote, saying suspension doesn't go far enough.

"When you violate the public's trust you should resign or you should be removed," Anderson added. "Today we're not removing him. We're simply giving him a paid holiday and I think that's wrong."

After the vote, Gov. Jerry Brown called on Yee, Calderon, and Wright to resign.

"Given the extraordinary circumstances of these cases-and today's unprecedented suspensions - the best way to restore public confidence is for these senators to resign," Brown said in a statement.

READ MORE: Governor urges 3 state senators to resign


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