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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An attorney offered some legal insight Tuesday into the charges against Judge Casey Moreland.
Attorney Cynthia Chappell, a defense attorney not affiliated with case and experienced in both state and federal courts, told News 2 the allegations are serious.
“Not only because of the charges themselves but these sorts of charges go directly to the heart of the criminal justice system,” she said.
The 19-page criminal complaint against the judge is a staggering read, telling the tale of him attempting to pay off a witness in a federal investigation.
Moreland faces charges of obstruction of criminal investigations, tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant and retaliating against a witness, victim, or an informant in Nashville.
Chappell also said these kinds of charges are very rare for someone in Moreland’s seat.
“I can’t think of another occasion where we have a sitting judge who’s been indicted in the state of Tennessee,” she explained News 2.
The judge remains under investigation. He has yet to be indicted by a grand jury but there is a possibility his case could head in that direction.
“When you’re listening to your own voice, played back on a wire, that kind of evidence is usually pretty damaging,” Chappell explained.
Moreland was arrested Tuesday and appeared in court for the first time where a federal magistrate ordered he remain in custody until his next hearing this Friday.