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The founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) chapter in Memphis was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for voting even though felony convictions prohibited her from doing so.
In his Feb. 7 ruling, Judge Michael Ward sentenced 44-year-old Pamela Moses to a jail term of six years and one day. Shelby County District Attorney General (AG) Amy Weirich confirmed the Memphis BLM founder’s verdict. According to the AG, Moses’ decision to register to vote despite felony convictions in 2015 that rendered her ineligible led to the sentence.
The Memphis BLM founder pleaded guilty to two felonies – forgery and tampering with evidence – back in 2015. She was placed on probation for seven years and deemed ineligible to vote in Tennessee due to the latter felony. Moses also pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges: theft of under $500, escape, perjury and stalking.
According to Moses, she believed that her voting rights had been restored when she went to vote in 2019. “I did not falsify anything. All I did was try to get my rights to vote back the way people at the election commission told me and the way the clerk did,” she said.
Probation officials claimed they made an error on their part when they declared Moses had completed her probation – which was set to expire in 2022. Furthermore, the tampering with evidence charge Moses pleaded guilty to made the ban on her voting in Tennessee permanent. (Related: Democrats pushing hard to RIG all elections with mandatory voter registration for all entitlement recipients; legalizing voting for felons nationwide.)
The arguments by Moses and the probation officials failed to convince Ward, who accused the Memphis BLM founder of deceiving state officials. “You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation.”
Moses’ attorney Bede Anyanwu said the Memphis BLM founder plans to appeal the verdict. “She believes the sentencing was beyond the evidence that was presented,” he added.
BLM bigwigs appears to be connected to questionable actions
Moses is not the only BLM leadership figure that made it to the headlines for wrong reasons. BLM Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) co-founder Patrisse Cullors previously became the center of the news following her purchase of multiple real estate properties. She and her partner, BLM Canada co-founder Janaya Khan, managed to buy four high-end homes in the U.S. for $3.2 million.
According to the New York Post, three of these properties were located in the Los Angeles area. The couple also purchased a property in Georgia in 2020 for $415,000. The news outlet added that Cullors and Khan were also eyeing a property in the Bahamas, but a purchase was not confirmed.
BLMGNF issued a statement to the Post explaining that while Cullors received a total of $120,00 since BLM’s establishment in 2013, she did not receive compensation after 2019. “BLMGNF cannot and did not commit any organizational resources toward the purchase of personal property by any employee or volunteer. Any insinuation or assertion to the contrary is categorically false,” the statement added.
Amid growing criticism of her real estate purchases, Cullors stepped down from BLMGNF to purportedly “focus on herself.” She defended her decision as a move that has supposedly been planned for a year, and insisted that her departure has nothing to do with the issue at hand.
The revelation about Cullors’ property purchases elicited criticism from outside and inside BLM. One such critic was Hank Newsome, who heads Greater New York City’s BLM chapter. Following the news, he called for “an independent investigation” to determine how BLMGNF spends its money.
“If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes. It’s really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it’s the people that carry the movement,” said Newsome.
Watch the video below that talks about Cullors’ real estate purchases.