Memphis prosecutor who indicted black woman for voting error loses re-election bid

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Memphis prosecutor Amy Weirich, who sparked national outrage by filing criminal charges against a black woman who tried to register to vote, lost her bid for re-election.

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Weirich, a Republican who has been Shelby County’s district attorney general since 2011, lost to Democrat Steve Mulroy, a University of Memphis law professor and former county commissioner.

Weirich’s defeat marks a major victory for the criminal justice reform advocates who put pressure on her office. Use of cash bail, Diversity When A decision to judge a boy as an adult.

Earlier this year, Weirich convicted and sentenced Pamela Moses to six years in prison for trying to restore her voting rights after being convicted of a felony in 2015. Tennessee’s rules for restoring voting rights were so confusing that Weirich’s office indicted Moses even though the probation officer signed off on a form saying Moses was eligible. He claimed she tricked the police into signing off the form.

However, after the trial, the Guardian Document published It indicates that the Tennessee Department of Corrections investigated the error and made no mention of deception. Instead, the department blamed the officers. Weirich’s office was unable to turn over documents to Moses’ defense team before trial, and the judge took a highly unusual step. overthrow her beliefs Order a new trial. Weirich said her office was not to blame for the error because the Department of Corrections did not pass the documents to her office.

It wasn’t the first time Weirich was accused of failing to disclose evidence to defendants – 2017 study found her office From 2010 to 2015, we had more cases of misconduct than any other prosecutor in the state. In 2017, she also private rebuke The Tennessee Commission on Professional Responsibility threw slander on the defendant’s decision not to testify during the murder trial.

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