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Sen. Roderick Wright wins court delay

September 26, 2012 |  4:21 pm

Attorneys for state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) won a delay in his voter fraud and perjury case that makes it virtually certain he won't face a jury until after the Nov. 6 election.

Wright's next court date is for a pretrial conference Oct. 31.

The veteran lawmaker was indicted two years ago by a county grand jury on eight felony counts. Prosecutors allege that he lied about living in a rental unit he owns in order to qualify to run for state Senate in 2008. They said his real residence is a home in Baldwin Hills, outside the district.

Wright has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The district that Wright seeks election to is overwhelmingly Democratic.  His opponent is a little-known, underfunded Republican and Wright is expected to win handily.

It remained unclear whether Wright would be forced to leave office if he is convicted of the charges.


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Photo: State Sen. Roderick Wright in 2010. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press