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Knight calls for resignation of state Senator convicted of fraud, perjury

Posted: February 4, 2014 3:09 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2014 3:09 p.m.

State Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, is calling for the resignation or expulsion of a Democratic state senator who was recently convicted of voter fraud and perjury.

The senator in question is Roderick Wright, D-Inglewood, whom a jury convicted last month of eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud due to accusations of not living in the district he was elected to represent.

The matter is pending appeal.

“The fact remains that felony convictions have been handed down from a jury upon a member of the Senate,” reads a letter from Knight’s office to state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento. “Whether an appeal is granted by the judge is not relevant to the fact that a vote of this body should be granted by leadership and/or a forthright effort to the Senator requesting his resignation.”

The letter, obtained by The Signal on Tuesday, was also signed by state Sen. Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, and state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford.

“The California State Senate is an esteemed body and should always conduct itself with respect to the public and reverence for the laws that we are entrusted with,” the letter reads. “This letter represents our request for the Senate to take action on this matter.”

Despite Wright’s conviction, Steinberg has previously said he does not plan to move to expel Wright or ask for Wright’s resignation until an appeal is resolved.

“The conviction is neither final, nor has it been entered as a judgment,” Steinberg said, according to the Associated Press. “Unless and until there is a final conviction for a felony, I do not believe it is appropriate or necessary to expel Senator Wright or ask him to resign.”

Knight's 21st Senate District takes in central and eastern portions of the Santa Clarita Valley.
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