A Wake County prosecutor says the obstruction of justice case against convicted former Rep. Thomas Wright is simple.
District Attorney Colon Willoughby told jurors during opening
arguments Monday that Wright violated state finance laws by failing
to report $185,000 in campaign contributions. Willoughby said
reporting such donations is similar to checking a monthly bank
Defense attorney Douglas Harris acknowledged that Wright didn't
accurately fill out some paperwork, but said Wright never altered
or destroyed documents. Harris said sloppy paperwork didn't justify
a felony charge.
Wright is a former New Hanover County Democrat who was sentenced in April to at least six years in prison for mishandling charity
contributions and fraudulently obtaining a loan.