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Former Rep. Wright guilty, sentenced to up to 8 years in prison

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Former Rep. Thomas Wright has been sentenced between roughly six and eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of fraud. The crimes are nearly identical to those that led his colleagues in the House to kick him out of office. A Wake County jury ruled Monday that Wright mishandled thousands of dollars in charitable contributions and fraudulently obtained a $150,000 loan. He was acquitted of mishandle a $1,500 donation from AT&T Corp. Defense attorney Douglas Harris promised an appeal and again blamed Wright's political enemies for instigating the investigation. Wright declined to comment. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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need an address

Is there an address we can send chuckles some soap-on-a-rope?

Wright & Hewett!

Good to get one down and one more to go! Maybe Wright and Ronald Hewett can share a cell together and complain and whine about how unfair life is! While they both had good jobs/careers making thousands and thousands of dollars each year and then do stupid s**t like this to lose it all! Finally in the justice system it doesn't matter who you are or were you can and still will go down!!!

Conditional prosecution

This is a case of conditional prosecution. The charges can and will go further if FBI so choose to do so. They are wanting his testimony on other members of Congress including his nemesis Senator Boseman. What comes will come.

It's not Congress...

but the NC House and Senate.

thomas wright

His attorney was disciplined by the NC Bar for shady finacial dealings in 2003. He probably thinks what Wright did is fine. The charges are list on the NC Bar website.



I don't think you can even

I don't think you can even compare the two.

Well well well, looks like

Well well well, looks like the fat lady is singing, Chuckles, where's that obnoxious smirk now????

make him sweat

Maybe they are just making chuckles sweat it out before they drop the hammer on him.

What an insult!

I heard that "Spanky" (Wright's Atty) called the jury stupid if they found Wright guilty. Well, Forrest Gump's mama said, "Stupid is as stupid does." what is there to deliberate any further? GUILTY as charged!


Finally there comes a time in history when the legal system is getting it right. Michael Vick couldn't lie or buy his way to freedom, now Mr. Wright is facing the music. It used to seem that money could solve any legal woe and it probably still can solve some but thankfully some juries can get it right.

He who without sin

It is apparent that Mr. Wright was not a rich man because as we have all seen in the news coverage, most politicians are wealthy and can afford to serve the public full time. However to make a Michael Vick comparison is weird if not onesided. How many other politicians, sports icons, entertainers and just plain regular folks (black or white) including myself have erred? The only difference is that some of us have not been caught and our indiscretions have not been published on TV and/or placed on the front pages of the the newspaper. I understand that in this case justice has been served, but be careful before throwing stones.

We are all forgiven of our sins

Hand me a stone, no make that a brick.... and a bat


There is a big difference between making a true mistake (erring) and flat out intentional stealing or other criminal activity. To err is only human, to steal is criminal and intentional! The law doesn't "catch" those of us who err, but only a portion of those with criminal indescretions. I do however agree with your reference to the comparison of this person to Michael Vick. There is no relationship with the exception that power/money does have an influence in the court system. THAT is undeniable!!!

he without sin

Attempting to justify criminal actions with the comment "let he without sin cast the first stone..." is pitiful and ridiculous and seldom used as a defense stategy after about age 8.


No justification here, however the way I understand it is there is no such thing as a little or big sin. Be Blessed