WSMV Channel 4 NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - 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.
provided by the woman, Natalie Amos, corroborate what the Channel 4
I-Team found in the court papers. The messages also indicate Moreland
and Amos “sexted” each other and met privately at her apartment.
records show that Moreland arranged to have $1,200 in court fines wiped
from Amos’ debt, without following the normal procedures.
Moreland declared Amos indigent, unable to pay, even though she was working and willing to work out payments.
"I just really thought I was going to get an extension, and it just went away," Amos told the I-Team.
said she had met Moreland at a downtown restaurant. The introduction
was made by her friend Leigh Terry – the same woman whose suicide in May
2016 was investigated by Metro police. Terry had been on a trip with
Judge Moreland and attorney Bryan Lewis in the days before her death.
court's computer shows Amos' fines were waived July 14, 2015. That same
day, Amos received a text she said was from the judge.
"Your fees; fines and court cost are taken care of! You now officially owe me !! Haha,” the text read.
said there was no quid-pro-quo and that no sexual favors were exchanged
for taking care of the fines and court costs, but she said their
relationship later became sexual.
"But you became lovers, eventually?" I-Team reporter Nancy Amons asked.
"Eventually we did, yes, about a year later,” Amos said.
months after the court fines disappeared, on Nov. 24, 2015, Amos texted
Moreland about problems she was having getting her license back. She
owed money to the Tennessee Department of Safety over traffic tickets.
Moreland texted her, "I may can help in Davidson County.” He then reminded her to send a picture, which she did.
two exchanged suggestive comments; Moreland texting, "So you want me to
give you a little attention?" He also mentioned a "mid-day quick and
dirty tuck," a reference to an earlier conversation concerning her
tucking him in.
The I-Team tracked what happened to two of Amos’ traffic tickets mentioned in the text conversation.
at the Traffic Clerk's office show that on Nov. 4, 2016, Moreland wrote
two letters, one for each ticket, directing the clerk to “pull the
ticket” and place the citations on a traffic docket coming up in four
days. He directed the clerk not to subpoena the officer. When the cases
went to court, one ticket was retired, with no fines due; the second
ticket shows that the fine was paid, which surprised Amos.
texted the judge the following week following up about the tickets,
telling Moreland, “Thanks so much for your help... much appreciated!”
Moreland texted back, "They are gone !! Hahaha."
Amos texted back, "I know that crazy!"
Moreland’s text then proposed they meet the next day at her apartment.
“What you doing tomorrow between 3:30 and 5:30???" Amos texted.
"Just be horny and naked !!", Moreland’s text said.
The next texts are sexually explicit.
Nov. 16, the next day, Moreland texted that he was on the way to her
apartment and asks for specific instructions about how to get in.
"Want me to come around the back !" Moreland’s text said.
The I-Team has been asking Judge Moreland for an interview concerning his texts with Amos. So far, he has declined.
Click the links to read parts one and two of this investigation.
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