you want to expel him?"
Democrats insist that Wright does not need to resign until after
sentencing, because the judge could overturn the verdict. That’s a
possibility, but it’s rare. Judges almost always abide by the verdicts
of juries in criminal cases, especially because they have the
opportunity themselves to dismiss charges if they determine that the
state has not met its burden of substantiating the charges for a jury to
find a defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the past, a jury verdict of corruption has been enough to press
for resignations from the California legislature. Democrats insisted
yesterday that a resignation wasn’t necessary because Wright has been
stripped of his committee assignments, and — I’m not making this up —
he’s on paid leave, and apparently only since Tuesday. Democrats want taxpayers to pay his salary after a jury convicted him of corruption in the office he now refuses to leave.
Such ethical people, aren't they?