Calif. Lawmaker Convicted of Voter Fraud, Perjury

Linda Deutsch, SF Gate, January 28, 2014

California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

The conviction on all eight felony counts doesn’t immediately bar Wright from the Senate, though his colleagues could decide to remove the long-serving Democrat before he is sentenced.


Prosecutors said Wright committed fraud when he made it appear that he had moved into an Inglewood property he owned in order to run in 2008 to represent the 25th Senate District. {snip}

Rod Wright

Rod Wright

Wright was charged with counts including perjury, false declaration of candidacy and fraudulent voting. He could face a maximum of eight years and four months in prison when he is sentenced on March 12.

Wright currently represents the 35th Senate District because of redistricting.

“It’s a punch to the gut,” Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said of Wright’s conviction. “We hold Sen. Wright in high regard.”

Steinberg said it is up to the Senate, not the court, to decide if Wright should be removed from office. He said he will consult with his fellow senators, the Legislature’s lawyers and Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, chairman of the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics, before deciding on any possible next steps.

Wright’s conviction came as the state Senate waits to see if federal charges will be filed against another Los Angeles-area state lawmaker. Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello was removed from his committee assignments after a leaked FBI affidavit alleged that he accepted money to influence legislation.


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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Outside of the UK if the first name is “Roderick” he ain’t White.

  • Spartacus

    “We hold Sen. Wright in high regard.”


    That’s because you’re an idiot .

    • NeanderthalDNA

      I didn’t do nuffins!

  • 2eRep

    But MSNBC said fraud doesn’t exist, eric holder too.

  • bigone4u

    After he is sentenced in March, there will be no more questions about his true place of residence. It may be difficult for him to attend Senate meetings though, if he ever did.

    • Greg Thomas

      My guess is he will do less than a year, if that.

  • 1stworlder

    To bad leftists will never hear about voter fraud.

  • MBlanc46

    Jeez, at least in Cook County we almost always remove them from office when they’re convicted of a federal crime.

    • r j p

      Unfortunately too few are convicted. Or it is a family member charged that walks.

  • LHathaway

    So, American is a jail now where you have to live in a certain place or be sent to jail. Anything to boost ‘minority’ empowerment.

  • Nutless Blunder

    Steinberg is ZOG vermin, subhuman filth.

  • Katherine McChesney