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Court upholds fraud conviction of ex-Rep. Wright

Posted November 3, 2009

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the fraud conviction of former Rep. Thomas Wright, a Wilmington Democrat.

Wright is serving a 70- to 95-month prison term on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and obstruction of justice.

His lawyers appealed those convictions saying juries that found him guilty of mishandling charity contributions and failing to report $150,000 in campaign contributions were tainted by pre-trial publicity.

The appellate judges said Wright failed to prove any error by the trial judge in his fraud trial. The court will hear his appeal in the obstruction of justice case on Nov. 16.

Prior to his criminal trials, Wright was expelled from the state House for ethics violations. He was the first lawmaker tossed out of the General Assembly since the 1880s.


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  • wildcat Nov 4, 2009

    Its amazing how some people that do wrong, wind up in prison do everything to get themselves out. Many times it don't work and the criminals has to continue to do his time.

  • wildcat Nov 4, 2009

    The law is the law.

  • HanginTough Nov 4, 2009

    He is just like Mike and Mike's wife and Beverly...all think they are above the law and that we are COMPLETE IDIOTS! Well, no more - you guys are going down too...next -

  • bigmelons2004 Nov 4, 2009

    Typical corrupt politician. dlb800


  • Raptor06 Nov 4, 2009

    "...tainted by pre-trial publicity."

    The question is if he did it? I believe he did. I don't have any proof, but I'm always suspicious of defendants who use that defense.

    As an attorney friend told me, it's not about the truth, it's about what you can get away with.

    I think we need to have a Constitutional review.

  • Eduardo1 Nov 4, 2009

    you did the crime ~ now do the time!

    lets put this to rest.
    Many more to go here in NC & the rest of the country
    Let's follow the example of NJ. They have convicted over 150 politicians & just kicked out the Governor by a 20% Swing in one year. No they don't have to move here.

  • Tax Man Nov 4, 2009

    Of course - the guy is a real criminal - no conscience, no respect for law, just out for himself! Keep digging and I am sure we can find more crimes and add to this sentence. Evil people, like Wright, need to be kept in cages.

  • whatusay Nov 3, 2009

    How about Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and Charlie Wrangle???

  • lizard Nov 3, 2009

    Now that that is settled,,,,go after the rest of them!

  • dare107 Nov 3, 2009

    I am sure he thinks he was intitle to steal, and Lie!!!! Thinks everyone owes him something he and Frank Balance deserve each other!!!!