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March 22, 1996 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race to succeed Marguerite Archie-Hudson in South-Central Los Angeles' 48th Assembly District traipsed along for weeks as a rather genteel affair, with none of the candidates speaking ill of their rivals as Tuesday's primary election approached. But no race involving Sacramento political operative Richie Ross could remain that way for long, political insiders say. Ross, campaign consultant for Democratic candidate Bob Campbell, practically basks in descriptions of himself as an attack dog.
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March 3, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- On paid leave as he prepares to fight felony convictions for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) said Monday he is finding it frustrating to be away from the policy debate in Sacramento and being stuck in a world of legalese in the criminal justice system. “It's challenging" to be away from Sacramento, he said in his first extensive interview since he was convicted by a jury Jan. 29 of eight felonies. "I have been kinda, sorta involved in public policy for a long time.” Prosecutors said Wright lied when he claimed to live in Inglewood when he actually lived in the upscale Baldwin Hills neighborhood outside his Senate district.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1989
Political consultant Rod Wright has dropped out of the race for the 50th Assembly District seat of the late Curtis R. Tucker. He endorsed Tucker's son, Curtis R. Tucker Jr., in the Feb. 7 election. A longtime campaign consultant, Wright said Wednesday that the short campaign period and the backing of powerful Democrats make Tucker unbeatable. "I'm not interested in being a spoiler," said Wright, who had never run for office before.
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February 26, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A month after he was convicted of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright requested and was granted Tuesday a paid leave of absence until he is sentenced on May 16 or granted an appeal. It's about time Wright made an exit from the Legislature - he is, after all, a convicted felon. But a paid leave of absence? The only reason Wright still has a job is because his Senate colleagues decided to go easy on him and wait until the judge affirms his conviction and decides the sentence.
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May 29, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
When former Assemblyman Roderick "Rod" Wright talks about his upcoming election bout against Assemblyman Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton), he sometimes refers to a classic 1980 boxing match -- the one in which a younger Larry Holmes defeated legendary champion Muhammad Ali. "If you're Larry Holmes, you don't feel good about that fight," Wright said. "I would love to be in the [state] Senate being confirmed along with Mervyn Dymally, but that's not going to happen."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
This week begins the real test for an outnumbered band of Los Angeles legislators trying to protect their poor constituents from the worst ravages of the great social revolution of the 1990s--welfare reform. The tide of history is against them and their impoverished urban constituency. The population changes of the last two decades have shifted political control of the Legislature to the suburbs.
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January 28, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.
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March 3, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- On paid leave as he prepares to fight felony convictions for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) said Monday he is finding it frustrating to be away from the policy debate in Sacramento and being stuck in a world of legalese in the criminal justice system. “It's challenging" to be away from Sacramento, he said in his first extensive interview since he was convicted by a jury Jan. 29 of eight felonies. "I have been kinda, sorta involved in public policy for a long time.” Prosecutors said Wright lied when he claimed to live in Inglewood when he actually lived in the upscale Baldwin Hills neighborhood outside his Senate district.
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February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A trio of Republican state senators introduced a resolution Wednesday to expel Sen. Roderick Wright after he was convicted of eight felonies, and they say they will ask for a Senate vote on the measure Thursday. The motion is expected to be sent to committee without action or tabled, according to sources close to the Senate Democratic leadership. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has said previously that it is premature to expel Wright (D-Inglewood)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) deliberately misled voters and broke the law when he took steps to run for an Inglewood-area seat several years ago, a Los Angeles County prosecutor said Thursday during opening statements in Wright's perjury and voter fraud trial. But Wright's lead defense attorney said the veteran lawmaker acted properly and was the victim of a "murky" law governing residency rules for candidates and office holders. More than three years after his September 2010 indictment on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, Wright faced a nine-woman, three-man jury in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A trio of Republican state senators introduced a resolution Wednesday to expel Sen. Roderick Wright after he was convicted of eight felonies, and they say they will ask for a Senate vote on the measure Thursday. The motion is expected to be sent to committee without action or tabled, according to sources close to the Senate Democratic leadership. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has said previously that it is premature to expel Wright (D-Inglewood)
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February 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright's sentencing on felony convictions has been postponed two months, until May 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd said Wright's defense attorney has asked for transcripts of all the trial testimony and those won't be ready until the middle of next month. Wright attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said Friday he needs the transcripts to prepare post-trial motions he will submit for Judge Kathleen Kennedy to consider.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Jean Merl, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday convicted state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on all eight counts in his perjury and voter fraud trial. The Inglewood Democrat was indicted by a Los Angeles County grand jury in September 2010. He had pleaded not guilty and said he thought he had been following the law in 2007 when he took steps to run for the seat he has held since late 2008. In a trial that began Jan. 8, prosecutors accused Wright of faking a move to a rental property he owned in Inglewood so he could run in what was then the 25th Senate District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) deliberately misled voters and broke the law when he took steps to run for an Inglewood-area seat several years ago, a Los Angeles County prosecutor said Thursday during opening statements in Wright's perjury and voter fraud trial. But Wright's lead defense attorney said the veteran lawmaker acted properly and was the victim of a "murky" law governing residency rules for candidates and office holders. More than three years after his September 2010 indictment on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, Wright faced a nine-woman, three-man jury in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
When former Assemblyman Roderick "Rod" Wright talks about his upcoming election bout against Assemblyman Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton), he sometimes refers to a classic 1980 boxing match -- the one in which a younger Larry Holmes defeated legendary champion Muhammad Ali. "If you're Larry Holmes, you don't feel good about that fight," Wright said. "I would love to be in the [state] Senate being confirmed along with Mervyn Dymally, but that's not going to happen."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
This week begins the real test for an outnumbered band of Los Angeles legislators trying to protect their poor constituents from the worst ravages of the great social revolution of the 1990s--welfare reform. The tide of history is against them and their impoverished urban constituency. The population changes of the last two decades have shifted political control of the Legislature to the suburbs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright's sentencing on felony convictions has been postponed two months, until May 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd said Wright's defense attorney has asked for transcripts of all the trial testimony and those won't be ready until the middle of next month. Wright attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said Friday he needs the transcripts to prepare post-trial motions he will submit for Judge Kathleen Kennedy to consider.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A month after he was convicted of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright requested and was granted Tuesday a paid leave of absence until he is sentenced on May 16 or granted an appeal. It's about time Wright made an exit from the Legislature - he is, after all, a convicted felon. But a paid leave of absence? The only reason Wright still has a job is because his Senate colleagues decided to go easy on him and wait until the judge affirms his conviction and decides the sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1996 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The race to succeed Marguerite Archie-Hudson in South-Central Los Angeles' 48th Assembly District traipsed along for weeks as a rather genteel affair, with none of the candidates speaking ill of their rivals as Tuesday's primary election approached. But no race involving Sacramento political operative Richie Ross could remain that way for long, political insiders say. Ross, campaign consultant for Democratic candidate Bob Campbell, practically basks in descriptions of himself as an attack dog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1989
Political consultant Rod Wright has dropped out of the race for the 50th Assembly District seat of the late Curtis R. Tucker. He endorsed Tucker's son, Curtis R. Tucker Jr., in the Feb. 7 election. A longtime campaign consultant, Wright said Wednesday that the short campaign period and the backing of powerful Democrats make Tucker unbeatable. "I'm not interested in being a spoiler," said Wright, who had never run for office before.
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