Los Angeles Times
Richard Alarcon, meet state Sen. Roderick Wright. Prosecutors think you two have a lot in common. Which is to say that Wright, like Alarcon, is facing charges of voter fraud and perjury for allegedly pretending to live in his state Senate district when he first ran for the seat in 2008, when in reality he made his home outside it. Wright was indicted on eight felony counts two years ago, but as his case makes its way through the courts, it's not clear whether he'll be tried before or after the Nov. 6 election. Either way, he's almost certain to win, since he's running against an unknown Republican in a heavily Democratic district in Inglewood. That doesn't mean he'll serve for long -- he could be stripped of the office if convicted.