Capitol Alert: Feds seek to return Leland Yee consultant to jail

04/04/2014 4:55 PM

05/09/2014 10:56 PM

Less than a day after he walked out of jail, the federal government moved Friday to revoke the bail of Keith Jackson, calling the former consultant to state Sen. Leland Yee a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Jackson and Yee, D-San Francisco, were among 29 people indicted Friday on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic weapons. Jackson also is accused of trying to arrange a murder-for-hire and other crimes.

Yee has been out on bail since his March 26 arrest. A judge ordered Jackson's release Thursday after Jackson arranged $250,000 bail secured in part by a mobile home in Texas.

In Friday's filing, prosecutors contend they had no time to challenge Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins' release order because they were presenting to the grand jury for much of Thursday afternoon. Jackson poses major risks and his bail is inadequate, they argued.

"While it is true that defendant has no criminal history, this case is very different than the normal one where a defendant is caught committing a single isolated crime and, if he has no criminal history, may be presumed to have messed up once," federal prosecutors wrote in Friday's filing. "Here, as the complaint and Indictment establish, there is probable cause that Defendant engaged in a wide variety of serious, frequent criminal behavior spanning the course of many years. While he has not previously been arrested or convicted, there is unquestionably probable cause to believe that defendant is not a one-time offender but a one man crime wave."

Jackson's legal team had no comment on the federal filing, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Yee, Jackson and other defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday. The judge could act then on the government's motion.

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