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Ex-lawmaker fights conviction

Posted May 21, 2009

— Lawyers for former Rep. Thomas Wright argued Thursday that his convictions last year on fraud and obstruction of justice charges were flawed and should be thrown out.

Wright, a Wilmington Democrat, is serving a 70- to 95-month prison term. Separate juries determined that he mishandled charity contributions, fraudulently obtained a loan and failed to report $150,000 in campaign contributions, which prevented election officials from carrying out their duties.

Attorneys told the state Court of Appeals that the juries were tainted by pre-trial publicity surrounding Wright's expulsion from the state House.

He became the first lawmaker tossed out of the General Assembly since the 1880s when legislators found him guilty of ethics violations and voted overwhelmingly to expel him.


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  • Nobody but Carolina May 22, 2009

    I was wondering when this would happen. I'm a bit surprised it took him so long.

  • garnertoy May 22, 2009

    cry me a river

  • aspenstreet1717 May 22, 2009

    I almost forgot about this other Democrat in prison.

  • davidbh61255 May 22, 2009

    I know for a fact, everyone in my cell-block is innocent and we were railroaded by THE MAN also!

  • Gilgamesh 2 May 21, 2009

    At frist he had a smile at court..........the smile has changed,,,,I think he gets it now

  • Just the facts mam May 21, 2009

    This guy is unbelievable - he needs to stop. I guess he just don't get it...