Mississippi investigates Fullilove's duplicate license - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Mississippi investigates Fullilove's duplicate license

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with reporter Jason Miles this week, Memphis Councilwoman Janis Fullilove took aim at a colleague at Action News 5.

"And I'm gonna tell Janice Broach," said Fullilove.  "My grandmother always told me you dig one hole you better dig two," she added.  "And Janice, you better watch out, you're hole comin' baby."

Days earlier, Reporter Janice Broach uncovered Fullilove's March arrest on DUI-related charges.  DeSoto County deputies also confiscated Fullilove's driver's license. 

Then, Action News 5 broke the story about how she came back to Memphis and applied for a new license.  She put on the application that the old one was "lost."

Thursday morning, an investigator with the Tennessee Highway Patrol called.  He wanted all of our information on Fullilove's arrest.

The investigator said he was trying to figure out how the state missed the withholding of Fullilove's license in Mississippi and if she should be charged with falsifying the application.

"I hope she hasn't broken the law," said Memphis City Councilman Bill Morrison.

Fullilove was absent Thursday from a meeting of a council committee she actually chairs.  Morrison and other colleagues remain by her side.

"She loves this city and has a commitment to this city and wants everybody to be proud of the work we do, and I think in the end she's going to do what she needs to do and the right thing for everybody," Morrison said.

Right now, there's no talk among them of any ethics violation.

Falsifying a driver's license application is punishable by up to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.  Janis Fullilove said by phone that she did not want to comment on the investigation.  She said her therapy for a medical problem is going well.

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