SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state lawmaker found guilty of voter fraud and perjury this week will be allowed to keep serving until a judge enters a formal conviction, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday.
Sen. Roderick Wright will give up his chairmanship of the influential Governmental Organization Committee while he awaits sentencing March 12, Steinberg said.
But he will not be expelled or asked to resign from office until a final judgment is entered by the court. Steinberg said that could be delayed past March if an appeals court stays the jury’s guilty verdict while Wright appeals.
Wright was convicted by a Los Angeles County jury on Tuesday of eight counts, including perjury, false declaration of candidacy and fraudulent voting. He could face a maximum of eight years and four months in prison.
“The conviction is neither final, nor has it been entered as a judgment,” said…
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