The Tennessee Senate has expelled Senator Katrina Robinson from the legislature.


For the first time, on Wednesday, Senator Tennessee voted to expel Senator and stripped. Senator Katrina Robinson Of her elected position following her federal conviction for federal wire fraud.

Robinson, D-Memphis, accused the Senate movement of being racist and misogynistic, and called the expulsion a “procedural lynch” on Wednesday. Senator became emotional on the floor of her senator before her colleagues voted to expel her, her decision was a natural conclusion, and the senator’s debate was called a “show.” rice field.

“I was raised in a very pointless way. I’ve been two years old and never let the public see me crying,” Robinson said. “I overcame this challenge to get back to my community for weekly sessions, for the committee, even when people couldn’t raise money because people thought I was a thief. I’m here.

“I put it in my pocket to give to the kids who were usually looking forward to the event they would support. I was standing in front of me all the time and I wasn’t avoiding fights. As some may think, the only way for me to maintain dignity is to stand here and stand up for myself and others who experience this. “

The Senate voted 27-5 to expel her from the Senate.

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Sencatrina Robinson speaks with the press on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, after her expulsion trial in the Senate of the State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

“For the first time in history, the expulsion of the Senator was not what all of us wanted, but it was a necessary action,” Randy McNally, Deputy Governor of R-Oak Ridge, said in a post-voting statement. .. “The integrity of the Senate is paramount. Senator Robinson has been given all consideration and due process.”

Mr McNally said the Senate could have been able to act immediately after being convicted of her, but gave her time to pursue her proceedings. He said the Senate delayed her actions to give her “time to reflect and resign.”

“She turned down the opportunity,” McNally said.

He called Wednesday “a sad day for the Senate.”

Robinson previously said the prosecutor had unfairly targeted and pursued her on slashed charges unrelated to her role in the Tennessee State Parliament. Robinson was initially charged with 48 counts related to the ownership of her nursing school and the management of federal grants.

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The prosecution’s proceedings were partially collapsed through Robinson’s trial last year, reducing the number of prosecutions to five during the trial. The jury found Robinson convicted of four charges related to less than $ 3,500. Last month, a federal judge acquitted her of two charges, but she upheld the other two and rejected her request for a new trial.

“I don’t want to give in to the story told in the press, and all of you are upset, so I refuse to resign,” Robinson said before the Senate vote. I keep it. “

In January, she failed to postpone the Senate Ethics Committee vote until the final decision scheduled for March. Robinson said she would resign after the final ruling if she was still in office.

Tennessee law prohibits people convicted of felony from taking office.

After voting, Robinson told reporters he didn’t expect to beat his Republican colleagues in a “last-minute speech.”

“I knew the day I received a letter from the Institutional Review Board that they would go there,” Robinson said. “Why? They have a history of exercising their power to do things in this way, just because they are unconstitutional, against the will of the people, and because they can.”

Sencatrina Robinson was accepted by her members on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, after an expulsion trial in the Senate of the State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

Republicans defended the process, Democrats sought delay

Senator Farrell Heile, R-Gallatin, defended the Senate process on Wednesday, and Robinson said she had several regular and special sessions while her proceedings passed court.

“”[The Senate] I chose to wait for the judicial process. The Commission paid tribute to the court proceedings and Senator Robinson in this matter. “

He said the Senate Institutional Review Board proceeded only after Robinson’s complete acquittal or request for a new trial was dismissed by a federal judge in January.

Senate Democrats called on Wednesday to postpone the dropout vote until Robinson’s decision was over. The motion failed in an unusual tie vote with Senator Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville), who was absent due to illness on Wednesday.

“If the removal takes place today, it’s irreversible,” said Senator Laumesh Akbari of D-Memphis. “Our organization removes members based on something that isn’t final and isn’t true. We don’t want it in our conscience.”

From outside the Senate, Senator Jonica N. White, Senator Katrina Robinson, is seen speaking in the Senate during the expulsion of Senator Robinson at the Senate in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday, February 2. There are people who are.  2022.

The Democratic Party has pointed out the 2019 opinion from Attorney General Herbert Slateley. “There is no historical precedent for expelling members other than what happened while they were in office,” he said.

Slateley made a statement in connection with Congressman David Bird, who was repeatedly asked to resign after saying that three women had sexually assaulted when he was a high school basketball coach in the 1980s. ..

In the case of Bird, accusations of assault were announced when he was reelected, and Slateley said the act was “known to the members” at the time of the election. Bird overcame the call to resign, despite apologizing to one of his whistleblowers, but said he would not seek reelection again.

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Slatery said there was no historical precedent, but the policy did not prohibit the legislature from expelling lawmakers for actions taken before public affairs. He warned that legislators should use exile rights “in extreme circumstances and only with great care.”

Robinson mounts her defense

In her defense on Wednesday, Robinson looked up a list of unnamed lawmakers facing current or previous criminal accusations or scandals.

Robinson referred to Senator Brian Kelsey of R-Germantown and Senator Joey Hensley of R-Hohenwald awaiting a federal trial on election funding. Faced with allegations of domestic violence He was then professionally disciplined by the Tennessee Medical Commission for unethical opioid prescriptions.

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“We avoid the moral confusion of this term,” Robinson said. “I ask this body, what is your moral value?”

Robinson’s expulsion from the Senate is the first in the Senate.

In 2016, a bipartisan House vote banished R-Franklin Rep. Jeremy Durham for alleged sexual misconduct. He was accused of improper conduct with at least 22 females while serving in the lower room.

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The House of Representatives previously expelled Congressman Robert Fisher in 1980 on a bribe allegation.

The 2006 Senate nullified the election of Ophelia Ford, also a Democrat of Memphis, over a disagreement in voting in special elections. Ford later won the election and served.

Sencatrina Robinson is sitting in the Senate room on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, before an expulsion trial at the State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee.

Legislative librarian Eddie Weeks said there was no Senate expulsion in the available legislative records since the Civil War this week, except that two attempts to expel Senators were unsuccessful or withdrawn in the second half of the 19th century. Said that.

McNally and other Senate staff said it was the first time.

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This article was originally published in the Memphis Commercial Appeal: Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson was banished from the Senate on conviction for fraud