Charges to be reinstated against Calif. state Senator Wright

California state Senator Roderick Wright
California state Senator Roderick Wright
State Senator Roderick Wright's office

A judge has been ordered to reinstate two voting fraud counts against California state Senator Roderick Wright.

A state appeals court gave the order Tuesday. A lower court judge who'd dismissed the charges against Inglewood Democrat Wright was told to reinstate them.

Wright has pleaded not guilty to six other felony counts. Prosecutors say he claimed to live in an Inglewood apartment but actually resides in Baldwin Hills in a neighboring district.

Wright's attorney, Winston McKesson, tells a local wire service that the defense will look at its options and could ask the state Supreme Court to review the case.

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