Thomas Wright's Trial: Day Three

RALEIGH -- The third day of the Thomas Wright criminal trial focused on the money that went into the lawmaker's personal bank account.

Wednesday, lobbyists testified that the money was intended for charities.

As the prosecution presents its case, Wright is ready to testify in his own defense.

A representative from AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company, said the company donated $2,400 to the Communication Health Foundation.  The foundation helps people find better access to health care.

Wright said he paid the $2,400 donation out of his own pocket and used the money from AstraZeneca to reimburse himself.

A special committee will meet Thursday to pick Thomas Wright's replacement.

The committee of four Democrats, two each from New Hanover and Pender Counties, will meet at 7:00 at the Pender County Courthouse Annex in Burgaw.

The meeting is open to the public.

The two leading candidates for the job are Sandra Spaulding-Hughes and Hollis Briggs.

Both signed up to run against Wright and will be on the ballot in May, but any Democrat living in the district can ask to be considered.

The committee's pick will be sent to Governor Easley to be appointed.

Reported by Joe Keiley