Convicted state lawmaker takes indefinite leave

Feb 25, 2014 3:27 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud is taking an indefinite leave of absence as he awaits sentencing this spring.

Sen. Roderick Wright, a Democrat who represents a Los Angeles-area district, requested the leave during a meeting Tuesday with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Steinberg, a fellow Democrat, said in a statement that he accepted the request.

The senate leader had recommended letting Wright remain in office until his sentencing. That has been delayed until May.

But Steinberg faced increasing pressure from Republicans after Senate Democrats demanded that a second Democratic senator, Ron Calderon, resign or take an indefinite leave after he was indicted last week on multiple federal corruption charges. Calderon pleaded not guilty Monday.

Wright's spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone and email messages.

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