Future of Online Gambling in California Left to Question with Senator Wright Resignation

The nearly 20-year-long political career of California State Senator, Roderick Wright, has come to an unfortunate end upon his resignation on September 22nd. He had been serving in the Assembly and Senate since 1996 and has been known for being in support of online poker and sports betting in the state of California.

He has been convicted of felony perjury and voting fraud charges by a Los Angeles judge. According to LA prosecutors, the former senator falsely claimed to live in his area of representation when he originally ran for Senate in 2008, a state mandated requirement.

The charges against Wright lasted for four years, having finally been brought to an end by State Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy. The pivotal point in the case occurred when Kennedy placed him on felony probation for three years, in addition to barring him from holding elective office in the future, ordering him to complete 1500 hours of community service and serve a full 90 days of jail time.

Newly elected Senator, Kevin de León, has expressed his displeasure with the situation, stating, “Today is a sad day for both my friend and for California. Sen. Wright's prosecution has been unfortunate and, in many ways, unfair. At best, this is an ambiguous law and, in this case, its application has been both arbitrary and selective. But today, Sen. Wright did the right thing for his community and the Senate by resigning from office."
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    This is one of those unfortunate occurrences. And you can tell he is a stand up guy. If he wasn't, he would have made them throw him out of the senate. Selective indeed. If there is a group of people that do not like what you have to say, they will find away to do to you what they did to Wright. He can still work on the things he believes. He may now get even more publicity.
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    Having read up on this guy and his supposed "crimes", I have to agree with SassyGirl ... sounds like he got a rough ride here, especially when the guy taking his place is publicly stating the law has been applied arbitrarily and selectively. Very dodgy!
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    This man was supposed to end his life in place of senators. I cant imagine how its now, 20 yrs led a life that was eventually forced to resign. From the news, I concluded that the fan casinos. Some1 didnt suit his goodness.
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    Wright has been in his position since 96. And now they are putting him thru this BS. Sounds like he stepped on someone's shoe and did not apologize. I'm in Ca. and if he was for online gaming, is the next person going to be? This is an area I will be keeping track of since that is were I turn to instead of driving long and dealing with packed casino's. We Mr. Wright we thank you and wish you well. Politics within politics is a rough ride.

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