NASHVILLE, TN — Now-disgraced former General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland lost his Metro pension Tuesday.
The Metro Benefit Board voted unanimously to stop paying Moreland’s $58,000 annual pension against the urging of his attorney Worrick Robinson. The board cited state law saying that pensions could be revoked for elected or appointed officials convicted of crimes arising from official duties.
Moreland, 60, pleaded guilty in May to five counts relating to obstruction of justice, witness tampering and stealing money from an organization receiving federal funds.
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First indicted in April 2017 on five obstruction of justice charges, Moreland admitted that he learned he was the target of a federal investigation into whether he was trading sex for favorable rulings. He then devised a scheme to pay a woman to sign an affidavit recanting her allegations and to have drugs planted in her car to destroy her credibility. He used a so-called burner phone registered under the name "Raul Rodriguez" to communicate with an accomplice who later became an FBI informant.
Moreland was arrested after a subsequent indictment in March 2018, charging him with five more counts connected to an embezzlement scheme involving the Davidson County Drug Court Foundation. Moreland admitted he ordered the foundation’s director to deliver cash to his office in envelopes. Once he learned of the FBI investigation, he told her to destroy the records of those payments. While he was on pre-trial release on the initial indictment, Moreland suggested that the foundation’s director lie to a federal grand jury.
Moreland will be sentenced in August. Under federal sentencing guidelines, he could receive up to four years in prison. He resigned from the bench shortly after the first indictment.
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