Anti-game senator Leland Yee sentenced to five years in prison

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Remember Leland Yee? He’s a pretty staunchly anti-videogame senator who believes that the digital violence in videogames is corrupting America’s youth and turning the country in to a nation of sociopaths. He tried to pass a bill that would ban the sale of violent video games to children.

“Gamers have got to just quiet down,” Yee said in 2013 on the debate about violent games.“Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry’s lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest.”

A year later, he became embroiled in a deliciously hypocritical saga that had him, and a group of co-accused, caught up in accusations of gun-running, money laundering and actual, real-life murder.

The guy has now been sentenced for his crimes – to five years in prison for racketeering, weapons smuggling and other charges. Yee pleaded guilty to the crimes, and of abusing his position and political influence to line his pockets.

According to the sentencing document, Yee’s dishonesty and abuse of power  “demonstrate a venal attitude toward his position as an elected public official and a willingness to abuse his position of trust in any number of ways.

“The crimes that you committed have resulted in essentially an attack on democratic institutions,” District Judge Charles Breyer told Yee. “This is a serious, serious injury to a governmental institution.”

Essentially, he abused the public trust and his position to stay in power – and probably got some people killed along the way; directly or indirectly.

Games though. Games are the problem.

Last Updated: February 26, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Have you considered that his extensive research into the negative effects of gaming corrupted this fine man? Games ARE the problem! GET THEE BEHIND ME FOUL DEMON GAMES! SPAWN OF THE CHAOTIC WARP!

  • VampyreSquirrel

    YEE-AH…hahahahaahha! Enjoy prison dumbass!

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    WHAT A CHOP

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • Pariah

      As if the game hatred didn’t already prove that. He had to go and make sure everyone knew.

  • Commander Admiral Chief
    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      Greenday’s painful attempt at protest songwriting is embarrassing.

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        Bring on the Sex Pistols….

        Or, no let’s no, just, SOAD, there we go!

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Rage against the machine is unmatched! 😀

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Oh yes, now you’re talking!

          • Mossel

            Personally I think Fokofpolisiekar sums everything that’s wrong in this country up nicely. Especially with regards to politics, religion and culture.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            In in die skaduwee, brand Suid Afrika

          • Mossel

            Jy kla oor die toestand van ons land, maar fokken doen iets daaromtrent! xD

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        I’m not referencing the band, but merely the title, American Idiot

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Noted 🙂

  • Commander Admiral Chief
  • Hammersteyn

    Politicians go to jail in America? What a country!

    • Pariah

      Bloody westerners…

      • Hammersteyn

        I wish it was the same here

        • Pariah

          We all do. But “bloody agents”.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      It’s a deurmekaaracy….

    • Captain JJ the “saviour”

      I want to go to there

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        There or Namibia…

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”

          Only problem is Namibia’s currency is so closely linked to ours that if SA tanks, so do they.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Yep! It’s quite sad, but at least there, there is nothing but miles of beautifully scraped pieces of gravel road between you and your neighbour….

      • Pariah

        What? To jail? I’m sure we can arrange something for you. 😉

        • Captain JJ the “saviour”
          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Shame dude, the only reason why I’m not joining in the mockery is because I know why your game is off

          • Captain JJ the “saviour”

            My game is dead 🙁

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Yeah, he’s out!

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! I’d bet you he feels like a real idiot now… I do hope though that this brings a change in people about being this judgemental about gaming and being more responsible about what they allow their kids to see, of which SA news and newspapers wouldn’t make out a part of…

  • Captain JJ the “saviour”

    “this is about their self-interest”
    Since when is buying any product not about your self-interest?

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      You don’t buy food to eat by yourself do you? If you do, you are over indulging…

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Well, I also bought myself a cellphone so that others could enjoy it.

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          Good, sharing is caring, you know…

  • Krabby Paddy

    I think they should make someone like him play Desert Bus for 12 hours a day for his entire 5 year sentence.

  • oVg

    Jack Thompson?

    • Jan Prins

      Sadly you cannot sentence someone to jail time just for being a moron.

  • Ghost In The Rift

    Jeez the guy should lay of The Godfather games for a while, really influenced him because Gamers.

  • Is it just me or does 5 years seem extremely lenient for the crimes?

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      VERY lenient

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Only 5 years?

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