California state senator withdrawing from race

Associated PressMarch 27, 2014 

— California state Sen. Leland Yee has been released from custody and his lawyer says the Democrat from San Francisco plans to plead not guilty to corruption and gun charges.

Yee left the federal courthouse in San Francisco shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday after spending most of the day locked up after his early morning arrest. Yee declined to comment.

Yee’s lawyer, Paul DeMeester, declined to discuss the charges against the senator in detail, saying the 137-page criminal complaint will take time to read and fully grasp the criminal case. But DeMeester says the senator plan to plead not guilty to six charge of public corruption and one count of conspiring to sell guns without a license.

DeMeester said the day’s goal was to get his client freed on bond. Beyond that, he declined further comment.

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