Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Leland Yee, the embattled state senator embroiled in a massive corruption case, are still negotiating terms of the politician's release pending trial. He is charged with accepting bribes and coordinating an arms trafficking scheme.
Yee, 65, appeared briefly in federal court this morning, dressed in a suit and tie, The Associated Press reports. He smiled several times. The Democrat was ordered to return to court on April 8 to finalize bond.
He is currently free on a $500,000 unsecured bond, but prosecutors want property he owns used as collateral to guarantee that he appears at all court hearings. He was arrested Wednesday as part of a massive five-year FBI sting operation.
Yee, a longtime champion of good government and gun control -- whose district includes San Francisco and part of San Mateo County -- is one of 26 people, including former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson, charged in a 137-page federal complaint. Charges include murder for hire, money laundering and drug-dealing.
Yee's attorney, Paul DeMeester, said he expects a grand jury indictment next week, at which time he will enter a not guilty plea for his client.