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April 23, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Nearly three years after he was indicted on voter fraud and perjury charges, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood)   is scheduled to stand trial starting July 15. The date was set this week by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who also presided over the public corruption trial of former Bell elected officials earlier this year. Wright, who previously served in the state Assembly and was elected last fall to a second term in the Senate, was indicted by a county grand jury on eight felony counts in September 2010.
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March 28, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy, This post has been corrected. Please see the details below.
SACRAMENTO --  The state Senate on Friday is expected to consider a vote to suspend Democratic state Sens. Leland Yee, Roderick Wright and Ronald Calderon from office with pay, two days after Yee was charged by federal authorities with conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and accepting campaign funds in exchange for political favors. Calderon and Wright had previously taken voluntary leaves of absences to fight separate criminal cases, but Steinberg said all three lawmakers accused of wrongdoing should be treated the same.
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February 14, 2014 | By Steve Knight and Joel Anderson
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) was convicted in January of eight felonies, including five counts of fraudulent voting, two counts of perjury and one count of filing a false declaration of candidacy. As of this writing, he is still a fully active member of the state Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg only removed the senator from his Governmental Organization Committee chairmanship at his request. No disciplinary action has been initiated by the Senate leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate Democrats on Monday blocked two resolutions that would have suspended Sens. Ronald Calderon and Roderick Wright, who have taken voluntary leaves of absences pending the outcome of criminal charges they are facing. Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar introduced the resolutions, saying the Senate should vote to suspend Calderon and Wright to formalize that they cannot come back to work without Senate approval. “This resolution will help to eliminate the distractions that exist in the Senate,” Huff said of the Wright measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright on Tuesday was granted a paid leave of absence from his position as he awaits sentencing in May on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, leaving the Democratic supermajority no votes to spare in the upper house. Wright's decision could hasten Senate action against Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello), who was indicted last week on 24 federal counts involving the acceptance of nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for influencing legislation.
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January 16, 1987
A political consultant convicted of election fraud in the aftermath of a bitter 1985 Compton runoff election was fined and placed on probation for violating the Political Reform Act. Roderick Wright, a political consultant with Wright-Lester & Associates in Inglewood, was sentenced to three years' probation for admitting his part in a violation of the Political Reform Act. Wright will also have to pay a $2,500 fine for his efforts to help Compton City Councilman Floyd James win a 1985 election.
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February 12, 1998 | From a Times Staff Writer
A legislative staffer has agreed not to pursue his complaint against Assemblyman Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) for allegedly shoving the staffer against a wall and threatening him during an argument over a bill, parties to the dispute said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate Democrats on Monday blocked two resolutions that would have suspended Sens. Ronald Calderon and Roderick Wright, who have taken voluntary leaves of absences pending the outcome of criminal charges they are facing. Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar introduced the resolutions, saying the Senate should vote to suspend Calderon and Wright to formalize that they cannot come back to work without Senate approval. “This resolution will help to eliminate the distractions that exist in the Senate,” Huff said of the Wright measure.
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March 28, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy, This post has been corrected. Please see the details below.
SACRAMENTO --  The state Senate on Friday is expected to consider a vote to suspend Democratic state Sens. Leland Yee, Roderick Wright and Ronald Calderon from office with pay, two days after Yee was charged by federal authorities with conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and accepting campaign funds in exchange for political favors. Calderon and Wright had previously taken voluntary leaves of absences to fight separate criminal cases, but Steinberg said all three lawmakers accused of wrongdoing should be treated the same.
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January 31, 1998 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a rare action, a legislative staff member has filed a complaint charging Democratic Assemblyman Roderick Wright of Los Angeles with assaulting him and threatening to break his jaw in an alleged dispute over a gun bill. Staffer Geoff Long filed the charge with the Assembly Rules Committee on Thursday night against Wright, a freshman legislator who represents a district in South-Central Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The state Senate is under pressure to expel Sen. Roderick D. Wright for felony convictions that involve lying about living in his district when he ran for the upper house. But such a vote might be awkward for some of his colleagues who have faced questions about their own residency. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) raised the issue during a bitter floor debate last week, before a Republican motion to oust Wright was blocked by his fellow Democrats and sent to a committee to languish until the lawmaker's May 16 sentencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright on Tuesday was granted a paid leave of absence from his position as he awaits sentencing in May on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, leaving the Democratic supermajority no votes to spare in the upper house. Wright's decision could hasten Senate action against Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello), who was indicted last week on 24 federal counts involving the acceptance of nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for influencing legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - For a while it looked like the state Legislature was shedding its reputation as a political punching bag, its ratings in public opinion polls climbing out of the cellar as the budget crisis eased and the economy began to recover. Then federal authorities announced criminal charges against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother Tom Calderon, a former lawmaker, on Friday. The senator is accused of fraud, money laundering and taking nearly $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing to expand tax credits for the film industry and opposing certain workers' compensation legislation.
OPINION
February 14, 2014 | By Steve Knight and Joel Anderson
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) was convicted in January of eight felonies, including five counts of fraudulent voting, two counts of perjury and one count of filing a false declaration of candidacy. As of this writing, he is still a fully active member of the state Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg only removed the senator from his Governmental Organization Committee chairmanship at his request. No disciplinary action has been initiated by the Senate leadership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Three Republican state senators called Tuesday for an immediate vote on expelling state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) a week after he was found guilty of eight felony charges including perjury and voter fraud. Steve Knight of Palmdale, Joel Anderson of San Diego and Andy Vidak of Hanford said in a letter to the state Senate Democratic leader that action is required to show “respect to the public and reverence for the laws.” Prosecutors said Wright lied about living in his Senate district when he ran for office and a jury agreed, but Senate Democrats have delayed an expulsion vote to allow the judge in the case to rule on a Wright motion that the jury verdict is improper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I wasn't in the courtroom, but the verdict last week in the felony trial of state Sen. Roderick Wright makes sense to me. It took the jury less than three days to find Wright guilty of lying about where he lived during his run for state Senate in 2008, when voters elected him to represent a South Bay district that stretched from Westchester to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. State law requires candidates to live in the district they want to represent. Wright provided an Inglewood address - a bedroom in a modest house he'd owned for 25 years and rented to an elderly family friend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers are jumping into the middle of a dispute over who should control state-owned parking lots at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to prohibit the California Science Center from delegating to USC the power to operate the center's parking lots at the Coliseum. SB 695 by state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) also prohibits the center from selling or entering a long-term lease of the parking lots, the Coliseum and the Los Angeles Sports Arena without legislative approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1991 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roderick D. Wright's bid to win the 8th District City Council seat in Los Angeles received a boost Friday when four of his opponents in last week's primary election announced that they are endorsing him. Wright, 38, whose surprise second-place finish was largely credited to the support he received from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), will face civil rights activist Mark Ridley-Thomas in a June 4 runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Roderick Wright will remain a member of California's upper house until an appeal is decided on his eight felony convictions for lying about where he lived. But the Democratic lawmaker from Inglewood is being removed as chairman of the powerful Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which oversees gambling and liquor laws. He was allowed to keep his membership on the Senate's budget, energy and human services committees. "Unless and until there is a final conviction for a felony," state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
OPINION
January 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
California doesn't require that much of its candidates for state and local office. One of the few rules is that they must live in the district they seek to represent. How hard is that? Apparently too hard for some politicians. State Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a Democrat, was convicted this week on perjury and voter fraud charges. Prosecutors said he lied on his voter registration and candidacy filings by saying he made his home in an apartment in working-class Inglewood. In fact, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Wright was really living with his Maserati, artwork and three guns in a swanky 11-room home in Baldwin Hills, outside the district.
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