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Leland Yee's Political Consultant, Keith Jackson, Freed On Bail

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State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has been charged with public corruption as part of a major FBI operation spanning the Bay Area, law-enforcement sources said, casting yet another cloud of corruption over the Democratic establishment in the Legislature and torpedoing Yee's aspirations for statewide office.ÊHere, Yee speaks to members of the press in Sacramento, Calif., in this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images) | Sacramento Bee via Getty Images

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A political consultant playing a key role in a San Francisco political corruption scandal that has ensnared a state senator has been released from jail.

Amy Merriweather, a spokeswoman for Keith Jackson's lawyers, say he was released Thursday evening after a magistrate judge earlier in the day ordered him freed on $250,000 bond.

Jackson was arrested March 26 along with state Sen. Leland Yee and 18 others connected to a Chinatown community organization that the FBI says is a front for a notorious organized crime syndicate.

Jackson has been charged with two gun trafficking charges and six counts of public corruption.

Yee has been charged with accepting bribes and conspiring to connect an undercover FBI agent with an international arms dealer in exchange for campaign contributions.

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