Two Middle TN attorneys indicted for alleged extortion - WSMV News 4

Two Middle TN attorneys indicted for alleged extortion

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Fletcher Long (Photo from TBI) Fletcher Long (Photo from TBI)
Carrie Gasaway (Photo from TBI) Carrie Gasaway (Photo from TBI)

Two well-known Middle Tennessee attorneys were jailed Wednesday following an accusation they had a client arrested after pressuring her for more money in legal fees.

Fletcher Long, 45, of Adams, TN, and Carrie Gasaway, 43, of Clarksville, surrendered to the Montgomery County Jail after being indicted for extortion. Their former client says the lawyers had her arrested over a bill they knew she couldn't pay.

On Tuesday, the Channel 4 I-Team reported Long and Gasaway were accused of demanding a former client make additional payments for their services even after an initial fee was agreed upon by both parties. When the client refused the higher fee, they allegedly obtained an arrest warrant accusing the client of theft.

Long and Gasaway were released on their own recognizance Wednesday, and their attorneys entered not-guilty pleas on their behalf at an arraignment later in the afternoon.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the investigation in this case is ongoing.

Long and Gasaway are no longer legal partners, and their attorneys are asking for their charges to be separated from one another.

Long said he doesn't think the extortion charge will affect his status on the legal team of a former Vanderbilt football player who has been accused in a rape in a campus dorm.

"Right after I took the [Brandon] Vandenburg case, the government's interest in me has increase exponentially. I don't know if those are related events or pure coincidence," Long said. "I can't help the fact that I've been charged. Kings and queens, senators, congressmen, they all get charged. It's the conviction that means something."

In a statement released Wednesday evening, Gasaway said:

"I am obviously disappointed and anxious to move to get this resolved. While I disagree with the preliminary decision, I am a strong believer in our justice system. The process sometimes takes longer than we would like to get to the truth. The government has known about this matter for more than two years. Today, I move toward being exonerated of the charge brought against me.

"For over 16 years I have fought tirelessly on behalf of my clients. I will continue to do so while my team of attorneys work to see that I am acquitted."

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