Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP, file
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Prosecutors will no longer pursue illegal voter registration charges against a Tennessee woman who was granted a new trial after her conviction was challenged by a jury, a district attorney said Friday.
Charges against Black Lives Matter activist Pamela Moses, 44, have been dismissed and she will no longer face a second trial ‘in the interests of judicial economy’, the district attorney has said. Shelby County, Amy Weirich, in a statement.
Moses, who had previously committed crimes, was convicted in November of illegally registering to vote in Memphis in 2019 and was sentenced on January 31 to six years and a day in prison. She said she didn’t know she didn’t have the right to vote. At the time, legal experts said his sentence was excessive.
Moïse filed a motion for a new trial. In February, Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward overturned his conviction and granted Moses a second trial – which will no longer take place.
In all, Moses spent 82 days in custody on the case, “which is enough,” Weirich said in his statement.
Moïse declined to comment through a representative on Friday.
Moïse’s previous felony convictions permanently barred her from voting. In 2015, she pleaded guilty to two felonies as well as three misdemeanors and was placed on probation for seven years. Moses said she believed her probation from the 2015 guilty plea was over and she could start working to restore her right to vote. Moses said the Tennessee Department of Correction gave him a certificate that his probation was over, but later rescinded the certificate.
Prosecutors said in February that Moses’ sentence was overturned and a new trial ordered because the Tennessee Department of Corrections failed to turn over “a necessary document” in the case.
Judge Ward said at the time that he was treating the error as “an inadvertent failure”.