Legal Ethics

Former Nashville judge disbarred after sentencing for obstruction in sex-for-favors probe

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A former Nashville judge has been disbarred following his November sentencing in connection with his efforts to obstruct a sex-for-favors investigation.

The Tennessee Supreme Court disbarred Judge Casey Moreland in an order Wednesday, reported the Tennessean, WSMV and a news release. A prior Tennessean story said Moreland was at one time one of Nashville’s most powerful judges.

Moreland was sentenced to 44 months in prison Nov. 30 after he pleaded guilty to federal charges of obstruction, witness tampering and stealing money from an organization receiving federal funds, according to the news release.

The federal judge who sentenced Moreland had said his conduct “showed a profound disrespect for the law” and reflected a “reckless and self-centered mentality.”

Moreland was accused of taking more than $6,000 from a drug-court nonprofit to pay an intermediary and a woman who had claimed he solicited sex in exchange for favorable judicial treatment. Moreland had hoped to pay the woman to get her to retract the allegations.

He was also accused of asking an official with the nonprofit to destroy documents and lie to a grand jury.

Moreland was suspended from law practice in June after his guilty plea. He had resigned from the court in 2017 after his arrest.

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