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August 25, 2014

Los Angeles DA seeks jail for Sen. Rod Wright

Los Angeles prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence suspended state Sen. Rod Wright to six months in jail, 1000 hours of community service and five years on probation for a jury’s verdicts in January that found him guilty of eight felonies of perjury and voter fraud.

Los Angeles prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence suspended state Sen. Rod Wright to six months in jail, 1000 hours of community service and five years on probation for a jury’s verdicts in January that found him guilty of eight felonies of perjury and voter fraud.

Jurors found that Wright, a Democrat who represented the Inglewood area of Los Angeles until he was suspended by the Senate in March, lied about his address when he ran for office. They determined that he lived outside his district in the neighborhood of Baldwin Hills, and was therefore not permitted to run for the Inglewood seat.

Wright maintains that he has three homes and met all legal requirements to run for the Inglewood Senate seat. He has asked the court to toss the jury’s guilty verdicts and grant him a new trial. Wright’s sentencing has been set for Sept. 3.

In a recent court filing, prosecutors wrote that if the judge does not choose to sentence Wright to jail, prosecutors would instead request six months of home confinement.

“Furthermore, defendant must be advised of his disqualification from holding any public office in the future,” the district attorney’s filing says.

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