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Casey Moreland wants monitoring device removed

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A few months into his own house arrest, former judge Casey Moreland wants to remove his ankle monitoring device.

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Court date set for former Davidson Co. Judge Moreland

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Former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland will go to trial on federal charges in June 2018.

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Ex-judge Moreland’s federal trial postponed

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Former Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland will not go to trial on June 27.

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Family questions attorney's ties to bail bonding company Video included

Attorney Bryan Lewis (WSMV file photo) Attorney Bryan Lewis (WSMV file photo)
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James Bratten is no choir boy. He was arrested on a felony drug charge in December 2014. What happened after that has Bratten's family and friends raising questions about a bonding company, its relationship to a well-known Nashville attorney, and what happened when the district attorney's office was asked to investigate.

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Brother of attorney with ties to Casey Moreland speaks out Video included

Brad Lewis is the brother of attorney Bryan Lewis. (WSMV) Brad Lewis is the brother of attorney Bryan Lewis. (WSMV)
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Brad Lewis' tattoos paint a portrait of a pretty rough character. But he said his older brother, who has been in the news a lot lately - prominent Nashville attorney Bryan Lewis - is even rougher.

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Casey Moreland's law license suspended

Casey Moreland resigned as general sessions judge last week. (WSMV) Casey Moreland resigned as general sessions judge last week. (WSMV)
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Casey Moreland has now been banned from practicing law.

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Casey Moreland's estranged wife testifies as character witness Video included

Artist's sketch of Jacqueline Moreland. (WSMV) Artist's sketch of Jacqueline Moreland. (WSMV)
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Tuesday was Casey Moreland’s last day as a judge. He resigned last Friday and is now under house arrest until his trial.

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Judge Casey Moreland at his appearance in federal court on Friday. (Sketch: Mike Sowers) Judge Casey Moreland at his appearance in federal court on Friday. (Sketch: Mike Sowers)

Emails: Judge Moreland involved Bryan Lewis when seeking advice from crisis consultant

Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Emails obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team under the Open Records Act show that Judge Casey Moreland consulted a crisis management company when questioned about how he handled the cases of two women he socialized with. Moreland copied his friend, attorney Bryan Lewis, on the correspondence with the crisis management team.

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Prosecutors: Judge Moreland wanted police to plant drugs

Casey Moreland is being held at a jail in Kentucky. Casey Moreland is being held at a jail in Kentucky.
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The U.S. Attorney’s office made stunning allegations during a news conference Tuesday regarding Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland.

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I-Team explores connection between Judge Moreland and halfway houses Video included

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The Channel 4 I-Team has learned that a member of the Davidson County General Sessions Drug Court treatment team also runs eight halfway houses where judges send defendants for court-ordered treatment.

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Audit: Taxpayer money spent on travel, meals for non-Metro employees Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Problems were found during an audit last year of credit cards used by Judge Casey Moreland and his staff.

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Jail records raise questions of influence in Moreland’s court Video included

Lucas Frawley, L, and Desiree Moss (WSMV file photo) Lucas Frawley, L, and Desiree Moss (WSMV file photo)
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Jail recordings and a sheriff’s department investigative file raise questions about claims of a court deputy using his influence on Judge Casey Moreland.

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Court records: Judge Moreland intervened in future son-in-law's DUI case Video included

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Embattled General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland faces questions about preferential treatment involving his future son-in-law.

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Drug court founded by Judge Moreland criticized Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Some are becoming skeptical about Davidson County’s General Sessions Drug Court, which, until recently, was run by Judge Casey Moreland.

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Anti-sex trafficking advocates criticize Judge Moreland Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Advocates for victims caught in the sex trafficking trade are speaking out about a judge who's been the focus of Channel 4’s I-Team investigations.

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Drug court participant admits relationship with drug court deputy Video included

Lucas Frawley, L, and Desiree Moss (WSMV) Lucas Frawley, L, and Desiree Moss (WSMV)
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A woman who initially denied an intimate relationship with a sheriff’s deputy now says she had sex with the man who repeatedly escorted her into court.

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Friends of Leigh Terry have questions about death investigation Video included

Leigh Terry was found dead in her apartment on May 25, 2016. Police ruled her death a suicide. (WSMV) Leigh Terry was found dead in her apartment on May 25, 2016. Police ruled her death a suicide. (WSMV)
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Metro Police closed the investigation into the death of 34-year-old Leigh Terry, declaring it a suicide. Terry, according to police, ended her life with a gunshot wound to the head in the early hours of May 5, 2016, in her downtown Nashville apartment.

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Judge: Moreland to seek treatment for alcohol abuse

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Channel 4 News has learned that Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland is taking a leave of absence to seek treatment for alcohol abuse.

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Legal expert: Judge Moreland's texts from the bench raise concerns Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Text messages sent from Judge Casey Moreland while he was on the bench, referring to defendants as “hos” and “junkies,” raise concerns for one of the nation’s foremost experts on judicial ethics.

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Attorney's name surfaces in suicides, judicial investigations two decades apart Video included

Attorney Bryan Lewis (WSMV file photo) Attorney Bryan Lewis (WSMV file photo)
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The name of well-known Nashville attorney Bryan Lewis has been in the news a lot lately in connection with the May 2016 suicide of Leigh Terry.

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Court documents: Judge Moreland intervened in DUI case Video included

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Newly released probation documents suggest Judge Casey Moreland did not recuse himself in the case of Leigh Terry, despite saying so.

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After weeks of no responses, judge answers questions from investigators Video included

Desiree Moss, L, and Lucas Frawley speak to chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley. (WSMV) Desiree Moss, L, and Lucas Frawley speak to chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley. (WSMV)
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After more than two weeks of repeatedly reaching out to Judge Casey Moreland to no avail, investigators with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office finally spoke with the embattled judge.

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Judge's phone call intervenes during police stop Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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A woman who was pulled over by police last year was allowed to drive away on a revoked license, after the officer’s supervisor received a personal phone call from Judge Casey Moreland, the Channel 4 I-Team has verified through police records.

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Embattled judge to return to bench Thursday Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Judge Casey Moreland plans to return to the bench Thursday morning, in spite of pending investigations on several fronts -- the FBI, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and the board that oversees judicial conduct.

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Metro General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland resigns as presiding judge Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV)
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Metro General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland has resigned his position as presiding judge. Moreland will remain a judge, but is stepping aside from other administrative functions, such as setting dockets and budgets for the general sessions judges.

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Judge Casey Moreland takes medical leave

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV file photo)
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Another judge will be filling in for Moreland for at least the coming week.

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Judge dismissed tickets, fines for female friend Video included

Natalie Amos said she exchanged text messages with Judge Casey Moreland. (WSMV) Natalie Amos said she exchanged text messages with Judge Casey Moreland. (WSMV)
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Court documents indicate that Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland appears to have helped a woman he knew avoid paying traffic fines and court fees.

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Investigation underway into inmate/deputy relationship in judge’s court Video included

Desiree Moss, L, and Lucas Frawley spoke to the Channel 4 I-Team. (WSMV) Desiree Moss, L, and Lucas Frawley spoke to the Channel 4 I-Team. (WSMV)
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A Davidson County Sheriff’s Department investigation into a former deputy and inmate in Judge Casey Moreland’s court is raising questions about how much the judge knew about their relationship.

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Judge, attorney face questions about woman's suicide Video included

Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV) Judge Casey Moreland (WSMV)
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A well-known Nashville judge and attorney were interviewed in connection with the suicide of a young woman who had recently returned from an out-of-state trip with them last year.

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Friend: Leigh Terry threatened to expose affair with attorney before suicide Video included

Natalie Amos (WSMV) Natalie Amos (WSMV)
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A formal complaint has been filed against Davidson County General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland and attorney Bryan Lewis.

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Arrest of Williamson County judge included in judicial complaint Video included

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A complaint filed with the Board of Professional Responsibility about Judge Casey Moreland and attorney Bryan Lewis also included a mention of a 2010 solicitation of prostitution charge for an attorney who would go on to become a Williamson County judge.

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