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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

42 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 26, 2016 at 08:34

    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!

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  2. VampyreSquirrel

    February 26, 2016 at 08:35

    YEE-AH…hahahahaahha! Enjoy prison dumbass!

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  3. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 26, 2016 at 08:36

    WHAT A CHOP

    Reply

  4. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 26, 2016 at 08:39

    • Pariah

      February 26, 2016 at 08:39

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

      Reply

  5. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 26, 2016 at 08:40

    • Captain JJ the "saviour"

      February 26, 2016 at 08:53

      Greenday’s painful attempt at protest songwriting is embarrassing.

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        February 26, 2016 at 08:55

        Bring on the Sex Pistols….

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

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        • Captain JJ the "saviour"

          February 26, 2016 at 08:56

          Rage against the machine is unmatched! 😀

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          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            February 26, 2016 at 08:57

            Oh yes, now you’re talking!

          • Mossel

            February 26, 2016 at 09:24

            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

            February 26, 2016 at 09:25

            In in die skaduwee, brand Suid Afrika

          • Mossel

            February 26, 2016 at 09:27

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

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        February 26, 2016 at 09:07

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

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        • Captain JJ the "saviour"

          February 26, 2016 at 09:16

          Noted 🙂

          Reply

  6. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 26, 2016 at 08:42

  7. Hammersteyn

    February 26, 2016 at 08:43

    Politicians go to jail in America? What a country!

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    • Pariah

      February 26, 2016 at 08:43

      Bloody westerners…

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      • Hammersteyn

        February 26, 2016 at 08:44

        I wish it was the same here

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        • Pariah

          February 26, 2016 at 08:44

          We all do. But “bloody agents”.

          Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      February 26, 2016 at 08:51

      It’s a deurmekaaracy….

      Reply

    • Captain JJ the "saviour"

      February 26, 2016 at 08:52

      I want to go to there

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        February 26, 2016 at 08:53

        There or Namibia…

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        • Captain JJ the "saviour"

          February 26, 2016 at 08:55

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

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            February 26, 2016 at 08:56

            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

        February 26, 2016 at 08:55

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

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        • Captain JJ the "saviour"

          February 26, 2016 at 08:57

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 26, 2016 at 09:04

            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"

            February 26, 2016 at 09:16

            My game is dead 🙁

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 26, 2016 at 09:03

          Yeah, he’s out!

          Reply

  8. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    February 26, 2016 at 08:51

    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…

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  9. Captain JJ the "saviour"

    February 26, 2016 at 08:51

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

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    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      February 26, 2016 at 08:53

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

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      • Captain JJ the "saviour"

        February 26, 2016 at 08:54

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

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        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          February 26, 2016 at 08:54

          Good, sharing is caring, you know…

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  10. Krabby Paddy

    February 26, 2016 at 08:53

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

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  11. oVg

    February 26, 2016 at 09:05

    Jack Thompson?

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    • Jan Prins

      February 26, 2016 at 14:00

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

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  12. Ghost In The Rift

    February 26, 2016 at 09:13

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

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  13. Gavin Mannion

    February 26, 2016 at 09:29

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

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    • Commander Admiral Chief

      February 26, 2016 at 09:34

      VERY lenient

      Reply

  14. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 26, 2016 at 13:50

    Only 5 years?

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