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Former Nashville judge convicted of public misconduct on the verge of release from jail

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – Disgraced Nashville judge Casey Moreland is released from federal prison this weekend.

Moreland spent more than three and a half years in jail for what prosecutors called “one of the most shocking cases of public servant misconduct this district has ever seen.”

The former Nashville judge will be released from federal custody on Saturday April 10.

He’s already back in Nashville on a residency readmission program.

The 64-year-old plans to find a job outside of the legal profession and stay away from the public, according to one of his lawyers.

Things started to take a turn for the worse for Judge Moreland in 2016, as Metropolitan Police investigated the death of a 34-year-old woman.

Leigh Terry was found with a gunshot wound to the head in her downtown apartment in May 2016.

Police ruled her death a suicide.

Interviews as part of that investigation revealed that days before Terry’s death, she took a trip to the Gulf Coast of Alabama with Judge Moreland and defense attorney Bryan Lewis.

Another lawyer and two other women also accompanied them on the trip.

Leigh Terry and the other two women had all appeared in Moreland court as defendants in the past.

A former boyfriend of Terry told police she had discussed sleeping with Judge Moreland to get out of an old DUI.

“She told me at the time that she had had sex with Casey Moreland in the bedrooms and that’s what kept her from getting out of jail. And she said, “I felt mean,” Roy Matlock told police in a taped interview.

Police also questioned another woman – Natalie Amos.

Amos had gone on a trip to the Gulf Coast of Mexico and admitted to having a relationship with Moreland.

A subway detective asked, “I know you don’t want to talk about anyone, but I just need to know who we are talking about.”
“Casey Moreland,” Natalie Amos said in the interview.
“Alright,” the detective replied.

Channel 5 survey obtained thousands of texts between Moreland and Amos which revealed that Moreland was ready to use his influence to get Amos out of trouble.

In 2018, the FBI opened an investigation into whether Moreland had traded favors in his courtroom for sex.

That same year, an informant working for the FBI visited Moreland’s home with a hidden camera.

The informant told Moreland that he spoke to an officer ready to plant drugs on Natalie Amos to discredit her.

Moreland replied, “What does he want?”
The informant said, “I don’t know if he wants anything. He’s just, I think, his thing is that he’s not coming back to him. And I said don’t worry about it. it.”
Moreland said, “Is he going to be the one to stop it?”
The informant said: “He will be the one who stops it, but he just said that the main thing is that it does not come back to me.”

A few days after this video, the FBI arrested Moreland at his home.

He was charged with obstructing justice, but later a new undercover recording of a former Moreland employee revealed he had stolen money from the Drug Court Foundation he founded.

He eventually pleaded guilty to witnessing tampering, theft and obstruction.

Judge Waverly Crenshaw said he wanted the three-and-a-half-year sentence to be an example for others in positions of authority.

Moreland remains on probation for three years.

He is expected to return home with his wife, who testified in his place in court to seek a more lenient sentence.


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