Democrat Leland Yee appeared briefly in court this morning dressed in a brown pinstripe suit. He was ordered to return to court next Tuesday to finalize bond.
Yee is currently free on a $500,000 unsecured bond, but prosecutors want property the senator owns used as collateral to guarantee he appears at all court hearings.
Yee was arrested last week after being caught up in an elaborate FBI sting operation targeting organized crime in San Francisco's Chinatown.
A federal complaint alleges Yee traded political favors for cash and sought to connect an undercover agent with an international arms dealer.
California state Senator Leland Yee, who's charged with accepting bribes and coordinating a cash-for-guns scheme, is due in federal court in San Francisco.
Yee is set to appear this morning, when prosecutors are expected to ask a judge to make security arrangements for Yee, who is free on a $500,000 bond.
Yee was charged last week after an elaborate FBI sting of organized crime in San Francisco's Chinatown ensnared the Democrat and his political fundraiser Keith Jackson.
A federal complaint claims Yee and Jackson hooked an undercover agent up with an arms trafficker, and traded political favors for cash.
Since his arrest, Yee has dropped his campaign for California secretary of state, and he was suspended by the state Senate.
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