While at first glance, you may ask “What has this got to do with video game news?”, let us fill you in. Leland Yee, a Democrat who represented San Mateo County and part of San Francisco County, argued in 2005 that video games were too violent, and that they should be banned. Ten years later, we can all see that that has not been the case, and in 2011, a Supreme Court decision ruled that video games are protected speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This week, during his bid to run for Mayor of San Francisco, Leland Yee pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in connection with two criminal enterprises. He admitted to have taken bribes, extorting money and once offered to smuggle weapons from the Philippines for undercover FBI agents who he believed were members of a New Jersey mob, according to Polygon.
Leland Yee faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution for each of the two counts. A sentence is due to be handed down on October 21st. He may not be able to play Fallout 4 when it releases, and can no longer live the GTA lifestyle that many of us have only experienced virtually.
“Mr. Yee must now live with the consequences of betraying the trust that was placed in him when he became a public servant,” U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a prepared statement. “It is particularly disappointing and troubling when our elected officials violate their obligation to fairly represent their constituents. This office will continue to devote the resources necessary to ensure that our elected officials govern within the law.”
You can read Leland Yee’s full Plea Agreement here.