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Wright found guilty of obstruction of justice

RALEIGH -- Former North Carolina Rep. Thomas Wright has been found guilty of felony obstruction of justice. Wake County jurors deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours over two days before reaching the verdict Wednesday. The Wilmington Democrat was accused of preventing election officials from carrying out their duties as they investigated his failure to report $150,000 in campaign contributions. Wright's attorney said his client wasn't guilty of such a crime, acknowledging only that Wright made mistakes on his campaign disclosure forms. Wright was sentenced to six- to eight-months in prison, but Judge Donald Stephens ordered the term be served concurrently with an existing six- to eight-year prison sentence for fraud. Wright was expelled from the state House in March. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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