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Well, this is awkward: Pamela Moses, the founder of Memphis’s chapter of Black Lives Matter, has just been sentenced to 6 years in prison for illegally registering to vote in the state of Tennessee.
Moses, who pled guilty to two felonies and multiple misdemeanors in 2015, maintains that she believed her voting rights had been restored when she voted in 2019. She had been serving seven years on probation, but both the corrections department and the county election commission certified that her probation had ended and her voting rights had been restored.
The officials claim they made an error when they said Moses had completed her probation. However, her felony convictions included a tampering with evidence charge, and under Tennessee law, that permanently precludes her from voting in the state.
Judge Michael Ward didn’t buy the innocent excuse and claimed in court that Moses intentionally tried to deceive the probation department in order to get a ballot, according to a Washington Post report.
“You tricked the probation department into giving you documents saying you were off probation,” said Ward.
The level of spin on this story has been enough to generate G-forces.
While the left is using the case to illustrate how the right wants to suppress black voters, conservatives are pointing to yet another BLM leader who is breaking the law.
WaPo’s headline alone shows the media’s bias: “She was told she could vote again after felony convictions. Now she’s in prison for trying.”
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) ran to Progressive mouthpiece Rachel Maddow.
According to Janai Nelson, LDF’s associate-director counsel, called it “a confluence of racial discrimination and voter suppression” and said it “points to everything that is wrong in our democracy.”
“Why do we have laws that prohibit people with felony convictions from voting in the first place?” Nelson asked.
“This case is emblematic of all the reasons that we need to do away with those arcane and draconian laws that ultimately disenfranchise 5.2 million Americans,” she continued, noting that Black Americans are disenfranchised “at a rate of four times that of every other race combined.”
In sharing the clip, the LDF tweeted, “There are two criminal justice systems in America.”
Pamela Moses, a Black woman, has been sentenced to six years in prison because of a voting error. Meanwhile, white individuals who are known to have committed blatant voter fraud have only received probation.
There are two criminal justice systems in America. pic.twitter.com/o4UqowdpbF
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) February 4, 2022
In response, independent journalist Andy Ngo, who has covered BLM extensively in recent years, called the LDF’s position deceptive.
“You’re deceiving the public,” Ngo tweeted. “Moses committed voter fraud & the sentencing is severe because she is a 16-time convicted felon. She already has a 2015 conviction for felony tampering w/evidence & forgery. The judge here says she would get probation after 9 months for good behavior.”
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 6, 2022
Moses isn’t the only BLM leader to face legal scrutiny.
In liberal California, the state’s Department of Justice is looking into BLM’s shady financials.
Attorney General Rob Bonta sent BLM a formal delinquency notice on Monday, according to a report from the New York Post.
“The organization BLACK LIVES MATTER GLOBAL NETWORK FOUNDATION, INC. is delinquent with The Registry of Charitable Trusts for failing to submit required annual report(s),” the letter read. “An organization that is delinquent, suspended or revoked, including soliciting or disbursing charitable funds.”
“BLM was given 60 days to file tax and charity documents for 2020 — the year it previously confirmed collecting a staggering $90 million, with at least $60 million left over after expenses and grants,” the Post reported.
According to the letter, should BLM miss the deadline to comply, it could lose its coveted tax-exempt status and be subject to late fees “for each month or partial month for which the report(s) are delinquent.”
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