Former California senator spared jail by crowding

Nov 1, 2014 11:58 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former Southern California state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud was spared a 90-day term behind bars because of jail crowding.

Democrat Rod Wright appeared Friday at a Los Angeles County jail to begin serving his sentence.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the 62-year-old former lawmaker was released almost immediately because of jail crowding.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told the newspaper that Wright was freed soon after paperwork was completed.

Wright was convicted earlier this year on eight felony counts, including perjury and voting fraud, for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.

Wright resigned his seat rather than face possible expulsion.

In separate cases, two other Democratic state senators have been indicted on federal bribery and corruption charges.

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