California governor pardons former state lawmaker, refugees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned a former state senator convicted of lying about his residence and three refugees from Vietnam who could face deportation.

Those are among 38 pardons the Democratic governor issued on Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving.

Former Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted of voter fraud and perjury in 2014 when a Los Angeles County jury determined he lived outside the district he represented. Some lawmakers at the time defended Wright, saying state law was ambiguous. The Legislature has since changed the law to make Wright’s situation legal.

Brown also pardoned Tung Tanh Nguyen, who was convicted of murder and robbery; Hai Trong Nguyen for robbery with a firearm; and Truong “Jay” Quang Ly for voluntary manslaughter. He says all three have behaved well since finishing their sentences.

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