Wright obstruction of justice trial continues

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

RALEIGH (AP) ó Prosecutors argue former state Rep. Thomas Wright blocked the publicís right to know about his campaign by failing to report more $185,000 in contributions.
Wrightís attorney acknowledges his client made some mistakes but they donít amount to felony obstruction of justice.
The two sides return to a Wake County courtroom Tuesday in Wrightís trial after opening arguments Monday. Wright is already serving a prison term of roughly six to eight years after being convicted on four fraud counts in April.
The obstruction charge has a maximum punishment of about two years, although the Wilmington Democrat likely wouldnít receive that much if convicted.
Kim Strach, an investigator with the State Board of Elections, should return to the witness stand on Tuesday.