Sen. Katrina Robinson files for acquittal, new trial based on ‘government violations’, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson’s has filed a motion for acquittal in her fraud and embezzlement case, as well as a motion for a new trial, according to court records.

According to documents filed Friday, Robinson’s attorneys allege prosecutors “created a mess” when they charged Robinson with crimes they “simply could not prove.”

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In July 2020, Robinson was charged with stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds received by a health care school she directed and using the money to pay for her wedding and other personal expenses.

She was found guilty on four out of five fraud charges after US District Judge Sheryl Lipman granted her motion for acquittal on 15 charges, according to court records. The judge denied a motion to acquit on the other five other charges.

Robinson is seeking a full acquittal based on Rule 29, which allows a defendant to move for Judgment of Acquittal within 14 days after a guilty verdict, records show.

According to the motion filed, Robinson is requesting a new trial if an acquittal isn’t granted “based on the Government’s flagrant violations of the Fifth Amendment.”

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