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Sentencing has been delayed by two months in the case against Sen. Rod Wright, who was found guilty of eight felonies by a Los Angeles jury last month for lying about where he lives.

The delay could give Wright more time to serve in the state Senate, because President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said he will not ask for Wright's resignation before the judge makes the jury's verdict final.

Some Republican senators have said they want the Senate to vote now on whether to expel him.

Wright is now scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, said his attorney, Winston Kevin McKesson. That's a delay from the original date of March 12. McKesson said sentencing was postponed because transcripts from Wright's January trial will not be available until mid-March, and he can't ask the judge to overturn the jury's verdict until the transcripts are ready.

"I'll file all the post-trial motions after I receive the transcripts," McKesson said.

State law requires candidates for the Legislature to live in the districts they seek to represent. Wright, a Democrat, claimed that he lived in the Los Angeles-area city of Inglewood when he ran for the state Senate in 2008. A jury found that he actually lived in Baldwin Hills, a more upscale community outside the boundaries of the working class district he represents.

PHOTO: Sen. Rod Wright inside the Senate chambers on Feb. 3, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua




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