Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump is joining the defense team of Marsha Ervin, the Black woman charged with voter fraud in Tallahassee, FL, CNN reported.
“There is no other evidence that she had the intent to commit fraud,” Ervin’s attorney, Mutaqee Akbar said.
“To a layman, completion of a sentence means when you are released from custody. She had no idea that she needed to complete her probation as well in order to vote.”
A spokesperson for the Tallahassee Police Department, Alicia Hill, said Ervin’s arrest was the result of an officer “proactively searching for wanted people,” according to The Tallahassee Democrat,
In response to a USA Today story regarding the case, DeSantis’ press secretary, Alex Lanfranconi, mocked Ervin’s felony case on Twitter/X.
I’m sorry her sleep was disturbed.
She served time for neglecting her own mother in horrific conditions.
Then after prison she voted illegally. https://t.co/ZO4SPygPfr pic.twitter.com/cHxJDhYCir
Florida House Minority Leader Fentrice Driskell is standing in solidarity with Ervin, saying DeSantis’ law intentionally confused Black people.
“She is yet another Black person in Florida, another Floridian, that has been tricked by this confusing system they put in place,” Driskell said. “And I think it is confusing on purpose. I think it is intentional.”
Source: Black Enterprise