- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge overseeing the criminal case against a California state senator and more than twenty co-defendants says defense attorneys cannot publicly disclose evidence they receive from the prosecution.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/SeOamd) that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled on Monday that prosecutors’ concerns about releasing the material were justified, and nothing could be disclosed without his permission. Prosecutors have said disclosure could endanger informants and embarrass innocent people whose names were mentioned in wiretapped conversations.

News organizations and attorneys for one of the defendants, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, had argued for the release.

Chow and State. Sen. Leland Yee were arrested in March as part of an elaborate FBI sting operation targeting alleged organized crime in the Chinatown area of San Francisco.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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