Local I-Team: State of Tennessee says Memphis Mayoral candidate is on probation and can’t run

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UPDATE: Local 24 News has learned a date has tentatively been set for July 8th for Pamela Moses to appear in criminal court as a judge determines if her probation has ended or will continue.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – One candidate running for Memphis Mayor can’t even vote for herself, let alone run for office. That’s because Pamela Moses is on probation.

The founder of the local Black Lives Matter movement insists she’s really not on probation, and now she’s taking her fight to court.

Moses plead guilty to several felony charges in 2015. She claims her 8 years of probation is over. But the state of Tennessee disagrees. 

Wednesday Moses was in court hoping to get her citizen’s rights restored.

“No comment,” said Pamela Moses as she left the courtroom.

Moses wanted a judge to move forward on a hearing to restore her rights. She was convicted in 2015 of forgery, perjury, tampering with evidence, and stalking in connection with her stalking of a General Sessions court judge.

She was sentenced to a probationary period the state says doesn’t end until August of next year. Being on probation makes her ineligible to vote or run for office in this October’s Memphis election.

But Moses disagrees. She claims her probation ended last year. She has accused the state of trying to stall the matter.

“They want a continuance in order to delay this matter, to adversely affect me and cause me irreparable harm,” said Moses to a judge in court.

“Based on my review, it appears your sentence has not expired,” said Judge Felicia Corbin Johnson.

Johnson told Moses she won’t rule on restoring her rights until a criminal court judge decides her probation status.

“The court is going to allow the criminal court to make an official determination of whether or not Ms. Moses’ sentence has been completed and expired,” said Johnson.

Moses won’t have a ruling on her probation status until early August. But since that’s after the deadline to qualify for the mayoral election, it’s hard to see how she can run for office.

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