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By Julian March

During Thomas Wright’s 15 years as a state legislator, his name was affixed to the member board mounted in the House chamber. Now, his name is scrawled on a board that keeps track of inmates at New Hanover County’s state prison.

Though he once walked among the most powerful politicians in the state, he has spent the past six years among convicts.

The Wilmington Democrat’s fall from grace was cemented in 2008, when he became the first sitting legislator to be expelled from the General Assembly since 1880.

After he was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice, he was sentenced to prison and removed from the voter rolls.

But soon, his name will be wiped clean from the list of inmates. Wright is scheduled to be released Monday – Memorial Day – ending the prison time for his four felony convictions.

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  • SnarkmeisterGeneral

    Wow, just WOW! This Black guy goes to PRISON for fraud and obstruction while ATTORNEY SENATOR THOM GOOLSBY gets a bye and a sealed record. Thom is a racketeer, no better. His “business partner” and he got tossed from the brokerage industry… Thom comes home, enjoys time with his family and continues to practice law and line his pockets. Where’s the justice in this?

    Goolsby’s nadir of his “alleged service” as a legislator was his attempt to open an express lane to the death chamber.

    Hey, our governor has almost lowered us to Mississippi’s standards in education… Who do we want to compete with next? Texas’ execution record?

    With all due respect to those folks who need a criminal defense attorney, if you use this soon to be ex Senator you should have your head examined.

  • taxpayer

    The Goolsby case was settled via arbitration with FINRA. No criminal charges were ever filed. While some may view what Empowered Investor did to their clients was criminal, no laws were broken. It’s no different than if a Edward Jones rep did the same.

    As a fee-only investment adviser, I certainly in no way condone what James Upham did. He should have followed what he said he would do with his client’s money. He didn’t, got caught, and now he’s no longer in the business. Empowered Investor carried Errors & Omission insurance which compensated the clients who lost money. How come you’re not asking how much Mitch Baker and Troy Slaughter made representing the clients who lost money?

    In the future, take the time to learn the facts of a situation before spouting off the gibberish you’ve been posting these past few days.

  • Erlkoenig

    Don’t worry SMG. Soon you’ll be able to vote for this crook based on the color of his skin and not the content of his character.

  • GuestRicky1234

    I believe Thomas Wright will return, without a pension. I believe Goolsby is eligible for a fat, sweet, monthly government check, as a pension, for the rest of his life.

    Goolsby spoke against government dependency, and corruption. This whole thing makes me so sick. We need regular, honest people in Raleigh. Who care about their communities. And our Great North state.

  • Lisa’s Two Cents

    The Attorney General works in mysterious ways.

  • Wilmington Truth Teller

    He also keeps his law license.

    Its amazing how sharp these lawyers are. But they suddenly get so dumb, when it comes to investigating each other.

  • guesty

    Wonder if he still has that smug look on his face or if he learned some humility…..

  • Yolonda X

    What Thomas Wright did was wrong. I believe he may have tried to transfer his political money to his personal use. I don’t believe he ever tried to take anyone else’s money.

    Another guy tried to get his hands on as many people’s college savings, and retirement money, as he could. Talking a mile a minute, filling people’s heads with false hope. Not intending to do what was promised. And knowing the minute he was entrusted with their money, he was in a “no lose”, hugely, money-making scheme.

    It’s amazing how one guy can go to prison, for doing wrong.

    While the other guy, did far worse. The other guy had no reservations against ruining as many peoples lives, and dreams, as he could. He was as fake, as the day is long. Without even the slightest speck of pity or remorse. He pretended to be a patriotic Christian. The total opposite of the evil, psychopathic, swindler, he truly was, on the inside

    The good man, who did a bad thing, with his own funds, goes to prison for six years. The greedy, evil, fast-talking, manipulating, charlatan, who attempted unspeakable damage, to other people’s lives, gets a “sealed agreement” and a “slap on the wrist”.

    This is so unfair.

  • SurfCityTom

    you’re off the mark.

    He was convicted of falsifying documents in order to get a state grant for property and a non-profit which he owned.

    I believe he was convicted for converting those funds to his personal use.

    And I believe he used his position to “encourage” a state employee to approve his grant without performing due diligence.

    He would not have gotten a sentence of this magnitude for diverting campaign funds to his personal account.

  • tke1

    Don’t worry about Mr. Wright. As a democrat, this elevates his status within the party. He can become a real hero to the dems just like a certain convicted perjurer and another dem hero who drowned his female companion and waited until the next day after getting his political ducks in a row to report it or try to recover her body. Yes sir. The party can be really proud of Mr. Wright.

  • Vog46

    Our NEXT governor…………


  • Guest CommonTater


    I can’t think of a single politician that isn’t a self serving jerk that is nothing less than a thief and a liar. None… not one.

  • Mechanic

    Thomas Wright has been where most politicians belong. He just got caught.

  • Fed up young adult

    Personally I think we should do what the government in Iceland did. Put all corrupt bankers and politicians in prison and start from there. Seems like their doing well as you never hear anything coming from them. Just saying…. LOCK THEM UP!!!!!!

  • SnarkmeisterGeneral

    taxpayer, who cares how much the plaintiffs’ lawyers got paid? Really, but for the threat of action do you think that “Empowered” would have compensated its victims a single dime? This law firm, Baker & Slaughter have done a good thing… They recovered $$ for the victims of a scam.

    You think I spout “gibberish” but the real deal is that you are making a living selling dogcrap paper to the public under the illusion that they are investing.

    Have a nice life…

  • taxpayer

    and hopefully, he’ll behave himself.

  • Bearclaw

    Perhaps Goolsby can take his cell?


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