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Sen. Wright to resign Sept. 22, start sentence Oct. 31
Sen. Wright to resign Sept. 22, start sentence Oct. 31

Ending a career in political office that spanned a dozen years, state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on Monday bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats and said he would resign his seat Sept. 22. Three days earlier, a Los Angeles judge had sentenced him to 90 days in jail on felony perjury and voting fraud charges for lying about living in his Senate district when preparing to run for the office he won in 2008. Wright, who was threatened by Senate leaders with an expulsion vote if he did not step down, agreed to resign but asked for a week to say goodbye to his staff and constituents. "It's painful," Wright said in an interview. "At the end of the day, you want to...

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