Roderick Wright

State Senator Rod Wright was convicted of eight felonies nearly a month ago.

Flash Report

Posted by Jon Fleischman
12:39 am on Feb 26, 2014

This coming Friday State Senator Rod Wright will be celebrating an anniversary of sorts — he will be celebrating the end of his first month serving in the California legislature while simultaneous being a convicted felon. On January 28th Wright was found guilty in Superior Court of eight felonies. A jury of Wright’s peers found that he had committed perjury and fraudulent voting, after Los Angeles County District Attorney prosecutors successfully made the case that Wright did not, in fact, reside in the Senate District in which he ran. Wright will be formally sentenced in May, but based on the crimes for which he was convicted he could face up to eight years and four months in prison.

Following his conviction, Wright did not resign his seat in the State Senator. On the contrary, within 48 hours the now-convicted Senator was introducing self-serving legislation that would allow some convicted felons, like himself, to later have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors.

With the exception of being relieved of a committee chairmanship (but not his committee memberships), Senator Wright has enjoyed a post-conviction life in the Capitol that, frankly, largely has resembled his pre-conviction life. He has enjoyed his government salary and per diem payments, a large staff, and cruising around the Capitol City in his taxpayer provided sedan. He has no doubt enjoyed third-house representatives having to take his calls and meetings, pleading(no doubt with success) for additional contributions to his legal defense fund.

Can anyone really blame Rod Wright for wanting to maintain all of these trappings, and his office of public trust? It is human nature to act in one’s own best interest. Although Rod Wright is not the first State Senator to be convicted of a crime — Joseph Montoya back in 1990 and Frank Hill back in 1994 immediately come to mind. But Hill and Montoya both resigned from the Senate.

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