The Tennessee State Senate voted Wednesday to take away Democrat Katrina Robinson from workplace
Robinson, 41, was convicted of wire fraud expenses involving federal grant cash earlier this month, was faraway from the legislature in a 27-to-5 vote alongside occasion traces. Robinson’s removing marks the primary time the chamber has eliminated a senator because the Civil Struggle.
“Whereas the expulsion of a senator for the primary time in historical past was not one thing any of us wished to see, it was a crucial motion,” Randy McNally, the Senate speaker, and a Republican, stated in an announcement after the vote in keeping with the New York Instances.
Robinson was initially accused of stealing greater than $600,000 in federal grant cash in 2020 and utilizing the funds to pay for private bills and marketing campaign occasions, together with her marriage ceremony, honeymoon, and divorce in accordance to federal prosecutors.
In accordance with the grievance, Healthcare Institute was awarded over $2.2 million in federal grants, from 2015 to 2019 to coach nurses and supply scholarships. A decide acquitted Robinson of 15 expenses in opposition to her. A jury discovered Robinson responsible of 4 counts of wire fraud totaling $3,400. Nevertheless, Robinson was acquitted of two of these expenses. Robinson has denied any and all wrongdoing and known as the hassle to take away her racist and a “procedural lynching” Wednesday.
“I used to be raised in a really no-nonsense method. I’ve gone two years and by no means let the general public see me cry,” Robinson stated, in keeping with the Industrial Appeal.
“I continued to push by way of this ordeal to get right here each week for the session, for the committee, to get again to my neighborhood even once I couldn’t elevate cash as a result of folks thought I used to be a thief.”
Robinson did have the help of Democrats within the state senate. Earlier than the vote, Democratic Senator Sara Kyle urged her colleagues to vote in opposition to Robinson’s expulsion and “let the authorized course of play out.”
Though she maintains her innocence, Robinson isn’t the primary Tennessee lawmaker to face federal expenses. Former Rep. Joe Haynes, Rep. Bruce Hurley, and Rep. Joe Armstong have all been convicted of crimes since 2016