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Sen. Roderick Wright's perjury trial postponed again

 The perjury and voter fraud trial of state Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) has been postponed again and won't take place until the new year, the court decided Wednesday.

Wright was to expected to go on trial on Nov. 4, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy has been busy with the political corruption trial of former Bell official Angela Spaccia.

Kennedy set a Jan. 2 date for Wright's next pretrial conference; it was unclear whether a new trial date will be set then.

Wright was indicted by a county grand jury in September 2010 on eight felony counts. The counts stem from an investigation by the district attorney's office, which accused Wright of lying about where he lived in order to run for his state Senate seat. State law requires that candidates for the Legislature live in the district they seek to represent.

Wright has denied all the charges and has insists he will be exonerated at trial.

That trial has been a long time coming.  After a series of appeals regarding some of the charges, Wright was given a July 15 trial start date.  But, citing the Legislature's work load as it neared the end of its session, he won a delay till fall.

Last year, Wright won election to a second four-year term, winning nearly 77% of the vote against a little known Republican in the strongly Democratic 35th District.

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jean.merl@latimes.com

Twitter: @jeanmerl

 

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