MEMPHIS, Tenn. — State Sen. Katrina Robinson said in a motion that she wants to be acquitted of her federal charges or given a new trial.
Attorneys for the Memphis Democrat filed the motion nearly two weeks after she was found guilty of wire fraud.
A jury found that Robinson misrepresented how she was spending federal grant money given to her nursing school.
The state senator’s attorneys say the government over-reached and charged Robinson with crimes they could not prove. Their motion asks for an acquittal but says if the court won’t do that, it should grant her a new trial.
“The Government created a mess in this case when they over-reached and charged Ms. Robinson with crimes, which they simply could not prove,” they said. “This prejudicial shift in factual and legal theories away from what was charged in the indictment prevented a fair trial. The Government, admittedly, violated the Fifth Amendment and argued a theory that was neither presented to the grand jury nor included in the Second Superseding Indictment.”
The motion comes as the state senator is set to have a hearing this week on a separate case, also involving her certified nursing school, The Healthcare Institute.
In that case Robinson was indicted along with two other women for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
They’re accused of using the school to defraud of man out of more than $14,000.
Robinson is scheduled to be sentenced for that conviction in January.