Memphis BLM Founder Gets Six-Year Prison Sentence
Pamela Moses claimed it was the fault of elections officials
The founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Memphis, Tennessee, has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Pamela Moses claimed it was the fault of elections officials and others that she wasn’t told when she signed up to vote in 2019 that a previous felony conviction meant she had been permanently barred from voting.
“This case is one about the disparity in sentencing and punishment — and one that shouldn’t have happened,” her attorney, Bede Anyanwu, told the Washington Post.
Anyanwu said Moses will appeal, adding, “It’s all very, very disturbing.”
Moses has said she did nothing wrong.
“I did not falsify anything,” she claimed.
But Court Judge W. Mark Ward did not see it that way.
“You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation,” Ward said in, according to the Post.
Ward said Moses could be put on probation after nine months if she shows good behavior, according to WHBQ-TV.
Moses has 16 previous felony convictions, according to a news release from Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
Anyanwu said Moses entered guilty pleases regardless of her innocence “given the fact that she is a lady of limited resources,” the Post reported.
“She, like some of my clients, plead guilty because they don’t have the money to fight these battles,” he said.
Moses pleaded guilty to a 10-count indictment in 2015, which included charges of perjury, stalking, and tampering with evidence.
The tampering charges caused her to lose her voting rights.
“They never mentioned anything about voting,” she told the outlet.
“They never mentioned anything about not voting, being able to vote … none of that.”
As The Western Journal reported:
In 2019, an application to vote was filed and accepted, then the state Department of Correction told the Shelby County Election Commission it should not have been approved.
Moses insists she was never told the application was, in fact, rejected and proceeded to vote anyhow.
At her trial in December, Ward said she “voted six times as a convicted felon.”
But Moses claims it is all about race.
“They want to pick and control who the black leaders are in the South. And they do it through voter suppression. They suppressed my right to vote forever,” Moses said, according to WREG-TV.
She claims she had no idea what was taking place when the charges of illegal voting were lodged against her.
“I didn’t even know I was going to trial until like a few days before this,” Moses said.
“Felons are not allowed to vote in the state of Tennessee unless their rights have been restored by court,” Weirich said.
“What we had proved, we presented to that jury, and they listened to the evidence. They listened to the facts. They applied their common sense, and they returned the verdict of guilty.”