Commissioner Henri Brooks accepts Alford plea for address falsification charge

Commissioner Henri Brooks pleads guilty in case, accused of falsifying election document
Henri Brooks (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Henri Brooks (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Brooks also faces a simple assault charge. (Photo Source: SCSO)
Brooks also faces a simple assault charge. (Photo Source: SCSO)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks accepted an Alford plea to a charge of falsification of an election document.

Brooks has been called a lawmaker, commissioner, and now she can add criminal to that list.

"When I can talk about it, then I'll talk about it," said Brooks as she walked out of court. "But you know I can't talk about it now."

Brooks was accused of using a fake address when she ran for juvenile clerk of court in November 2014. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation determined she never lived at the address.

In 2014, Brooks fought lawsuits after Shelby County Attorney's Office discovered that she did not live on Crump Boulevard.

Although her lawyers say the word "residency" can be debated, TBI investigators disagree.

Brooks took the Alford plea which means she accepts punishment for being guilty, but does not admit to doing anything wrong. Her lawyers say she could have fought the charge, but the best option was to take the plea so she could move past it.

In addition to the accusation of using a fake address, Brooks faces a simple assault charge for an incident that happened in June 2014.

A woman told police that Brooks cut her off in a parking lot, causing her to crash. She claimed Brooks then got out of her car, yelled racial slurs at her, took her cell phone, and dumped a bottle of water on her.

Brooks is due in court on the assault charge on April 9.

Brooks' lawyers say she just wants to put these incidents behind her.

"This is a resolution that was in the best interest of trying to bring closure to the manner for her and her family," said attorney Andre Wharton.

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