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A judge outside of Nashville, Tennessee is accused of trading sexual favors in exchange for dismissed fees, fines, even criminal charges.
Judge Cason "Casey" Moreland, of Nashville's General Sessions Court, was arrested last week and charged with obstruction of justice and witness tampering in connection to a quid-pro-quo scheme involving at least two women who obtained favorable judicial treatment after some hanky panky with Hizzoner.
The Scandal Around Judge Moreland
Judge Moreland's alleged scheme involved at least two women, according to the criminal complaint filed against him. One woman claims that her sexual relationship with the judge helped her get out of a DUI charge. When that woman's friend told her that she was struggling to pay court fees and fines, Moreland's mistress-of-sorts suggested that she sleep with the judge. She later texted her friend that "Your fees; fines and court costs are taken care of! You now officially owe me !! Haha."
According to the complaint, the second woman began a sexual relationship with Moreland with the expectation that he would take care of her legal problems. This included, at one point, helping her get a breathalyzer removed from her car. In another instance, the judge is said to have intervened directly when she was pulled over by police for driving without a license.
When the woman thanked Moreland for his help, he texted her that he "just used [his] super powers," according to the complaint, and that his "desk still has butt marks on it!!"
Moreland's alleged bad behavior had been covered extensively in the local press, and the judge soon faced an anonymous ethics complaint against him.
In response to the allegations against him, Moreland allegedly sought to interfere with potential witnesses. He bought a burner phone and recruited an intermediary to contact the women on his behalf. The plan was to get the woman drunk, then pay her to sign an affidavit recanting her statements. By that point, both the woman and the intermediary were working with the FBI.
Judge Moreland resigned from the bench several days after his arrest. His resignation will be effective this Tuesday. In the meantime, he's been released from jail and is subject to home confinement while the case against him progresses.