Appeals court overturns vote fraud convictions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A state appeals court has overturned a candidate's voting fraud conviction after finding that West Tennessee prosecutors misled the jury.

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals ruled this month for Brenda Woods, who was convicted of three counts of procuring an illegal vote, a felony. Woods was accused of helping felons illegally cast ballots in the May 2009 municipal elections in Bolivar where she won a seat on the city council.

The defense argued that District Attorney General Michael Dunavant and an assistant DA misled the jury about the three felons who testified, because Tennessee voting law grants immunity to witnesses who testify in voting fraud cases.

Dunavant declined to comment on Friday since the case was remanded for a new trial.

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