The Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis (BCCM) hosted a candidate forum for the 2022 Shelby County District Attorney elections Monday night.
Shelby County residents were given the opportunity to make their voices heard by the candidates, Steve Mulroy and D.A. Incumbent Amy Weirich.
With early voting less than a month away, it’s one of the hottest races on the Shelby County ballot.
The election will decide the county’s District Attorney for the next eight years.
Questions were all submitted in advance by the crowd and the first one stemmed from Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and abortion rights.
Many people in Memphis have opinions about the ruling. They want to know what will the DA’s role be in enforcing the new laws going into effect across the country and right here in the Mid-South.
The two candidates took very different approaches, with incumbent Amy Weirich sticking to what Tennessee Law does and does not allow while her opponent Steve Mulroy made sure to give a definite stance.
“The law in the state of Tennessee is what controls everything that we do,” Weirich said. “The law in the state says that a DA is not allowed to make reckless and careless statements about cases they will and will not prosecute unless and until the DA has reviewed the facts and the circumstances of that case.”
“As a policy matter, I will treat things very, very differently than Ms. Weirich,” said Mulroy. “I don’t think the criminal justice system should be used on issues of reproductive choice. As a result, I think those kinds of prosecutions should be extremely low priorities.”
Some of the other topics that came up included truth in sentencing, juvenile courts, and the current crime stats across the county.
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