Tennessee Judge Arrested & Charged
On March 28, county judge Cason “Casey” Moreland was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Moreland had been the subject of a federal investigation since January for corruption and while under investigation by the FBI he is alleged to have attempted to bribe and threaten a witness against him.
The investigation started back in January when Moreland was accused of trading sex for leniency for women appearing as defendents in his court and even having sex with the women in his chambers. He is also accused of granting lawyers special favors by going easy on their clients.
When Moreland knew the FBI was preparing a case against him he tried to bribe the witness against him to recant her claims and threatened to orchestrate a traffic stop where the witness would be arrested for drugs that had been previously planted on the witness.
Like many states in America, Tennessee has a lot of bad judges. The state's system for supervising judges and removing bad judges ensures that bad judges remain on the bench.
Judges are under the supervision of the state Board of Judicial Conduct (BJC), which has recommended only five judges be removed since 1971. But even the BJC can't remove a judge. The Tennessee Constitution requires that the House and Senate must each vote by a two-thirds majority to remove a judge.
Most bad judges are simply reprimanded and in serious cases they might be temporarily suspended. A judge has to go on a major crime spree to be considered for removal in Tennessee, such as Judge David Lanier who raped numerous female defendents in his chambers and sexually harassed court employees.
Because the local authorities wouldn't do anything about his criminal violations, he was prosecuted for civil rights violations. In his defense, Lanier claimed "there is no constitutional right to be free from such sexual attacks by government officials." He was sentenced to 25 years but his conviction had to go all the way to the state supreme court because lower courts threw out his conviction.
When an entire state judicial system is rotten, as many are, the only hope is for the feds to step in like they did with Moreland, who was kept on the bench by a broken system.