Tennessee Senate votes to expel Memphis Sen. Katrina Robinson

State Senator Theft
Posted at 9:32 AM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-02 22:06:54-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Senate has voted to expel a Memphis lawmaker following her conviction on federal charges.

A motion to expel Sen. Katrina Robinson passed 27-5.

Earlier this year, a Senate ethics committee voted to recommend her expulsion.

Sen. Robinson, a Democrat from Memphis, was recently found guilty of two counts of wire fraud stemming from allegations she misused federal grant money awarded to a health care school she directed.

Last fall, a jury found her guilty of four out of five charges, however, a judge later dismissed two of those charges.

Robinson was originally facing 20 federal charges, but she was acquitted of 15 of them.

The next court hearing in the case is in March. A motion failed on the Senate floor to delay the vote until the March hearing.

Robinson has spoken out and asked the committee to delay further discussion on the case so she could have legal representation.

Even The Tennessee Democratic Party asked for the Tennessee Senate to allow Sen. Robinson to continue to hold office during ongoing legal challenges.

They say this action sends a message to women seeking to serve, especially those of color, that state legislators can deny you a fair process.

They've encouraged state senators to give Sen. Robinson a "fair opportunity and to not uphold the recommendation for expulsion."

They add, a preemptive decision to remove her from the Senate prior to the final outcome of her ongoing legal matter that has continuously evolved in a way that has favored her, would be a mistake and would set the wrong precedent for the future.