D.A. seeking six-month jail term for state Sen. Roderick Wright

State Sen. Roderick D. Wright
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright testifies in January at his voter fraud and perjury trial. A jury convicted him on all eight charges, but he will seek a new trial at his upcoming sentencing hearing.
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Prosecutors are asking a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to sentence suspended state Sen. Roderick D. Wright to six months in county jail, according to recent court filings.

In addition to jail time, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd wants the sentence for Wright, a Democrat who represents an Inglewood-area district, to include five years’ probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

If the court does not impose jail time, the D.A. asks for six months of home confinement in addition to the community service.

Wright was convicted in January on eight felony counts, including fraudulent voting and perjury. 


The jury agreed with prosecutors, who said Wright lied about living in the district.

Wright has said he believed he had fulfilled all the requirements to establish an Inglewood apartment complex he owns as his “domicle,” thus fulfilling the legal requirements to seek office in that district.

But prosecutors said he concocted an elaborate ruse to make it appear that was his residence when he really lived in Baldwin Hills, outside the district he sought to represent.

“He lied and set up a pretense to skirt the basic requirements for qualifications to vote and run for public office as a matter of convenience for himself,” Dodd wrote in court filings, and “has continuously demonstrated a lack of concern for his actions.”


Wright will seek a new trial at his sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 3 in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors will object to that, according to separate documents filed with the court.

Prosecutors also want Judge Kathleen Kennedy to advise Wright of his disqualification from holding any public office in the future.

Wright was suspended with pay in March pending resolution of his case. The state Constitution holds that no sitting lawmaker may be expelled without a two-thirds vote of his or her respective house.

Wright, indicted by a county grand jury in September 2010, is eligible for a maximum sentence of eight years and four months.

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