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California state senator resigns after voter fraud conviction

California State Sen. Rod Wright, sentenced to jail Friday for being convicted of perjury and voting fraud, said that he has resigned from the Senate. But he plans to stay on the payroll for one more week.

In a phone call with The Sacramento Bee, Wright said he sent Senate officials his resignation letter Monday, stating that he’s stepping down effective Sept. 22.

“My Senate career is over. My legislative career is over,” Wright said. “I don’t believe now that I did anything wrong. Certainly nothing criminal. But a jury saw differently... So I have to live with that.”

Wright said he plans to return to Sacramento to clean out his office before he begins his 90-day jail sentence on Oct. 31.

California law requires legislative candidates to live in the districts they seek to represent. A Los Angeles judge and jury convicted Wright of eight felonies for claiming a home in Inglewood as his official address while he actually lived in Baldwin Hills, which is outside his district’s boundaries. The judge said he is barred for life from holding public office.

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