CRIME

Plea deal appears to be in works for former California state senator, co-defendants

A former California state senator who is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from an alleged San Francisco Chinatown gang leader appears to have reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Leland Yee has pleaded not guilty to bribery, money laundering and other charges and was scheduled to go on trial in late July along with three co-defendants. But a judge has scheduled change-of-plea hearings for the four on Wednesday.

Anthony Simmons, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, says such hearings typically involve defendants changing their pleas from not guilty to something else, but he would not provide details of a possible deal or what the hearing would mean for Yee.