Ex-Sen. Robinson sentenced to time served, supervised release

Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) speaks to reporters after the Senate voted to oust her from the chamber. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Former state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis) has been sentenced to time served and one year of supervised release following her conviction on federal wire fraud charges. Senate Republicans ousted Robinson last month in a move she denounced as a “procedural lynching.”

According to minutes of Friday’s court hearing, U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman also sentenced Robinson to undergo mental health testing and treatment, make third party risk notifications, and provide full financial disclosures. She was also prohibited from opening additional lines of credit without approval from probation officials.

A jury had returned guilty verdicts on four counts, but Lipman afterward dismissed two of the charges. Federal prosecutors are appealing the decision to the 6th Circuit.

State law prohibits people convicted of felonies from serving in the General Assembly. Robinson and her supporters argued her conviction wouldn’t become official until she was sentenced. But the Republicans supermajority nevertheless pressed ahead with making her the first sitting member expelled from the chamber since at least the Civil War.

The Shelby County Commission earlier this month named Rep. London Lamar (D-Memphis) to serve out the remainder of the term.