- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

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

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday (https://lat.ms/1zoiTji) that Democrat Rod Wright appeared Friday at a county jail to begin serving his sentence.

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

Wright said he listed an Inglewood property as his residence so he could run in 2008 to represent the 25th Senate District, but jurors found he actually lived in a single-family home in Baldwin Hills, in a different Senate district.

Wright resigned his seat rather than face possible expulsion. He is barred from holding future public office.

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

Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello has been accused of accepting about $100,000 in exchange for promoting legislation to expand Hollywood tax credits and protect the interest of a hospital that benefited from a provision of the workers’ compensation law.

Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco is accused of accepting money and campaign donations in exchange for providing official favors and helping broker an arms deal.

The Senate suspended the lawmakers with pay in March. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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