Ten­nessee Judge Ar­rested & Charged

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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.

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