Amy Weirich held a District AG spot filled with Controversy and has now Lost
She has been the Shelby County District Attorney General spot since 2011
National outrage was sparked when Amy Weirich, a Memphis prosecutor, placed criminal charges on a woman for attempting to register to vote. Since then, Amy Weirich has lost her bid for re-election. She has been the district attorney general in Shelby County since 2011 and has lost to the Democratic candidate Steve Mulroy.
Those in favor of criminal reform have deemed her loss a victory. Anger has been stirred due to Amy Weirich’s office using cash bail, diversity, and decisions to try juveniles as adults.
Amy Weirich bragged of a criminal conviction and a six-year prison sentence for Pamela Moses, who tried to restore her right to vote after a 2015 felony conviction. The rules in Tennessee for restoring your rights to voting are said to be very confusing and the office of Amy Weirich brought the charges against Pamela Moses even though a probation officer has signed off saying she was eligible.
After the trial, a document was published that showed Tennessee’s department of corrections had investigated the error and made no mention of deception. Instead, the officer was blamed by the department. Weirich’s office never turned over the document to Moses’ defense team before the trial which led a judge to take a rare step of overturning her conviction and ordering a new trial.
That wasn’t the first time Amy Weirich had come under scrutiny for failing to disclose evidence to a defendant. In 2017, she accepted a private reprimand from the Tennessee board of professional responsibility for casting aspersions on a defendant’s decision not to testify during a murder trial.