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Ex-Calif. Lawmaker Serves One Hour of 90-Day Prison Sentence

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 11:03 AM

A former California state senator who earned a 90-day sentence for violating voter fraud laws spent just an hour behind bars before being released, The Washington Post reported.

Roderick Wright, a resident of the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, resigned his elected post after a grand jury found he had lied about his address, using his common-law stepmother's address in Inglewood to qualify to run for office, the Post noted. He also had fraudulently cast ballots five times in Inglewood — a violation of state law which requires a candidate to live in the district they represent.

A judge sentenced Wright to just 90 days on eight felony counts — even as he could have earned the maximum penalty of eight years in jail, the Post reported. But because of overcrowding, and because Wright is a first-time offender with no violent criminal history, he was released from the Los Angeles County jail on Friday after about an hour, the Post noted.

“A lot of people are not serving 100 percent of their time because of overcrowding,” Nicole Nishida, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman, told The Sacramento Bee. She said Wright, as a former state lawmaker, did not receive any special treatment.

Wright, who sought a new trial, had professed his innocence, the Los Angeles Times noted. The 62-year-old, who is now barred from running for another elected office, said that he thought he was following the law and didn't intend to break it, the Times reported.

California has been under federal order for the past five years to deal with its massive prison overcrowding problems. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on Proposition 47, an initiative that would reduce from felonies to misdemeanors such crimes as simple drug possession, writing bad checks and shoplifting, The New York Times noted. Recent polling had voters supporting the ballot measure by a wide margin.

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