On March 28, 2014, the California State Senate suspended Yee as a Senator In response to the gun running and other criminal charges against him
On July 1, 2015, Yee pled guilty to a felony racketeering count in relation to money laundering, public corruption and bribery in an organized crime case. On February 24, 2016, Yee was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.
He is the author of video game legislation restricting the sale and distribution of the increasingly violent and graphic video games to children. As a result, he is vilified by the video game addicts on the internet. Senator Yee filed an amicus brief in the case on his California video game legislation pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Senator Yee holds a doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Yee previously served for eight years on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, where he advocated for the improvement of the education system.
Senator Yee is also an advocate of free speech, authoring legislation to protect teachers from retaliation by administrators as a result of student speech. He has further been praised by increasing access by the public to government documents, earning him the nickname "Senator Sunshine."
- McGreevy, Patrick. In unprecedented move, state Senate votes to suspend three lawmakers,Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2014.
- Ex-Calif. Sen. Leland Yee Pleads Guilty in Chinatown Corruption Case. nbcbayarea.com. Retrieved on 2015-07-01.
- Former state Sen. Leland Yee sentenced to prison.