December 5, 1996 |
Rookie swingman Lorenzen Wright, who started his first NBA game in Tuesday's 96-89 victory over the Charlotte Hornets, said he had butterflies. "I was very nervous," Wright said. "It was my first time out there really just playing, and [Vlade] Divac got a few quick moves on me and got some fouls early, but we won; that's the most important thing." Wright, who had three points and one rebound in six minutes, didn't play in the second half, but Coach Bill Fitch said Wright might start tonight.
July 28, 1989 |
The State Bar has decided to take no action against Assembly Speaker Willie Brown for contacting a judge who was hearing traffic charges against the daughter of Assemblywoman Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley). There was "an absence of compelling evidence" that Brown, a Democrat from San Francisco, violated its rules, the Bar said in a terse news release. "Speaker Brown and the judge did speak," Michael Saleen, the Bar's assistant chief trial counsel, said Thursday.
July 26, 1989
The House Ethics Committee said it plans to hire the Chicago law firm that conducted the Jim Wright investigation to review a complaint against Republican Whip Newt Gingrich of Georgia. Gingrich's charges against Wright led to an 11-month investigation conducted by Richard J. Phelan, of the firm Phelan, Pope & John Ltd. Wright quit as Speaker and resigned from the House after the committee charged him with 69 rules violations. Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.
May 29, 1989 |
The House ethics war escalated Sunday as both Democratic and Republican leaders threatened to press partisan investigations in the aftermath of scandals battering House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) and Majority Whip Tony Coelho (D-Merced). Reps. William H. Gray III (D-Pa.) and David E. Bonior (D-Mich.) suggested that the House Ethics Committee will examine the activities of at least three Republicans, particularly House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who prompted the ethics probe that is expected to lead to Wright's resignation, possibly this week.
May 24, 1989 |
In style, it was a contest between F. Lee Bailey and Elmer Gantry, between a hard-nosed, forceful defense lawyer and an arm-waving evangelist of a prosecutor. Stephen D. Susman--in the Bailey role--argued the case Tuesday for House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) by following a tried-and-true litigator's rule: If the facts seem to be against you, argue the law. Without challenging the acts with which Wright has been charged, Susman insisted that House ethics rules simply do not apply to Wright's conduct.
May 18, 1989 |
Republicans who hope the scandal surrounding House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) will become a major public issue are likely to be disappointed: According to a Gallup Poll conducted for the Times Mirror Corp., most Americans are not paying attention to Wright--fewer than half even know who he is. By contrast, Americans are paying close attention to news reports about the massive oil spill in Alaska, which has become by far the most watched story of the year, the poll shows. About 90% of those surveyed said they were following the Alaska story very or fairly closely, and about four of five respondents said they had talked about the oil spill with friends or co-workers.