Politics

Convicted California state lawmaker Rod Wright introduces, withdraws crime bill

File: State Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, urges lawmakers to approve a bill that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
File: State Sen. Rod Wright, D-Inglewood, urges lawmakers to approve a bill that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
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A state senator convicted of eight felonies this week has introduced - and just as quickly withdrawn - a bill that would have allowed those in similar circumstances to have their crimes reduced to misdemeanors.

Democratic Sen. Roderick Wright apologized in a statement distributed by his office Friday after he was rebuked by a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

"Wrong senator, wrong time," says Steinberg spokesman Rhys Williams.

Wright faces more than eight years behind bars after a Los Angeles County jury found him guilty Tuesday of voter fraud and perjury.

On Thursday, he introduced SB929, which would allow those convicted of non-violent felonies to ask a judge to reduce the offenses to misdemeanors if their sentence does not include state prison and they are rehabilitated.