State Sen. Roderick Wright convicted of perjury and voter fraud

roderick-wright-senate.jpgThe Inglewood Democrat is the first member of the California legislature to be convicted in criminal court since the 1990s. He could face up to eight years in prison, prosecutors said, but for now he remains free on bail. The jurors bought the case made by prosecutors that Wright actually lived in upscale Baldwin Hills and lied on voter registration by claiming he lived at a home occupied by his common-law stepmother in Inglewood, in a different district where he wanted to run. The jury also convicted Wright of voting fraudulently in five elections in 2008 and 2009, while registered at the Inglewood address. His lawyers plan to appeal.

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