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California senator to be sentenced in perjury case

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County prosecutors will seek jail time for a California state lawmaker convicted earlier this year of lying about his legal residence.

The conviction of state Sen. Rod Wright was the first of three unrelated legal cases against lawmakers that cast a shadow over the Legislature this year.

Prosecutors want Wright to serve six months in jail or six months of home confinement when he is sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. They also recommend he serve 1,000 hours of community service and never again be allowed to hold public office.

Wright's attorney, Winston Kevin McKesson, says his client did nothing intentionally wrong and deserves a new trial. If the conviction is upheld, he said Wright should be sentenced to nothing more than informal probation.

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