NC House committee lodges 8 counts of misconduct against Wright

RALEIGH (AP) -- A bipartisan committee of state lawmakers has decided there is probable cause to believe Representative Thomas Wright participated in conduct unbecoming a lawmaker. The six-member House ethics panel unanimously agreed Wednesday to formally accuse the Wilmington Democrat of eight counts of misconduct. Neither Wright nor his attorney were at Wednesday's meeting, but the committee will next hold a hearing at which Wright will be allowed to defend himself. The ethics panel could ultimately recommend Wright be censured or removed from office. Wright was indicted last month in state court on six felonies, accused of illegally obtaining or misusing more than $350,000 in campaign donations, loans and charitable money. Wright has pleaded not guilty. A lawmaker hasn't been expelled from the General Assembly in 128 years. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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I live in Pender County and am disgusted with this entire affair. I have always believed that an accused person is just that...accused. Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty. That said, I cannot see why Thomas Wright remains in office. He has been given more than a fair chance to explain his side of these charges against him, and he says NOTHING...NOTHING....NOTHING!!!! If I were being accused of stealing over $300,000 I would be making some kind of statement in my defense!!!!! He is almost arrogant in his demeanor. The man should be tossed out of office....this thing has dragged on long enough.
While I am not a supporter of Wright, in his defense, he has actually chosen not to say anything to THE PRESS because reporters tend to distort facts or report just what will make headlines. He conducts his business as he should, with the Board of Elections, his attorney and other officials.
"RALEIGH (AP) -- A bipartisan committee of state lawmakers has decided there is probable cause to believe Representative Thomas Wright participated in conduct unbecoming a lawmaker." >Well...duh!
they are quick to pass laws governing us, but you can't get them out with a crowbar!