Representative Thomas Wright has been in the news a lot lately. His problems started after he failed to disclose more than $200,000 in campaign contributions and expenses. If he did it on purpose, that's a crime and Thomas Wright should go to jail.
Since invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege at the State Board of Elections hearing, a number of elected officials have called for him to step down: the Speaker of the House, the governor and lieutenant governor to name a few; and the Legislative Ethics Committee has been asked to investigate. Newspapers like the "Star News" and the "Wilmington Journal" have written editorials demanding Representative Wright resign.
Maybe I missed something. Listen, it looks bad for Thomas Wright. It looks really bad! If you're a gambler, place your bets that he will be prosecuted and maybe even eventually sent to jail.
Here's the problem. As of right now he hasn't even been charged with a crime. The case is in the hands of the Wake County district attorney. It will be up to him to determine if Wright lied on his campaign forms or made a massive clerical error. If the DA charges him, we will be joining those calling for Wright's resignation so someone else can take over the job of representing us while he prepares a defense.
In the meantime, we need to let the justice system work as it's designed. This is America, after all. Until Representative Wright is charged, tried and convicted, he is presumed innocent.
That's what we think. Tell us what you think.