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A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two L.A. politicians
A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two L.A. politicians

With closing arguments set to begin Wednesday in the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, parallels have been drawn between his case and another residency law prosecution involving a veteran Los Angeles-area politician. In January, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) was tried and found guilty of perjury and voter fraud for lying about where he lived so he could run for state office. Alarcon is accused of doing the same to gain a council seat. Here is a quick primer on how the politicians and their cases are similar and different: Who are the players? Wright, 62, has served in the state Assembly and Senate. The Democrat...

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