Jurors Begin Deliberations In Wright Trial

Prosecutors say the evidence is clear: former Rep. Thomas Wright had something to hide, and did so by failing to respond truthfully to questions from state election officials.

That argument came Tuesday at the end of the Wilmington
Democrat's trial on a charge of obstruction of justice. Jurors
adjourned without a decision and will resume deliberations on
Wednesday.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby told them Wright
hid hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years, money he used
to supplement his income as a lawmaker. He said Wright's actions
were not an oversight or an inadvertent mistake.

Wright attorney Douglas Harris argued prosecutors had trumped up
charges against his client. Wright is already serving a prison term
of roughly six to eight years after being convicted on four fraud
counts in April.


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