Roderick Wright

Then-state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, on right, listens to the judge on Jan. 28, shortly after a jury convicted him on eight felony counts. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
October 31, 2014

Former Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright showed up late Friday to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence but was released almost immediately due to jail crowding, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.

A jury convicted Wright earlier this year on eight felony counts, including perjury and voting fraud, in a case that centered on whether he had lied about living in the district he sought to represent.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors, who said that Wright had contrived to make it appear that he lived in a rental complex he owns in Inglewood so he could qualify to run for a state Senate seat in 2008. They found his true address to be a Baldwin Hills house outside the district.

Wright, 62, has maintained his innocence, saying he believed he was following the law and had not intended to deceive voters.

But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy on Sept. 12 denied his bid for a new trial. She sentenced him to 90 days in county jail and three years’ probation and ordered him to perform 1,500 hours of community service.

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