Jan. 25, 2017: FBI opens a federal criminal investigation into Moreland
Jan. 26, 2017: FBI interviews Natalie Amos, who said she began a sexual relationship with the judge in April 2016
Feb. 1, 2017: FBI attempts to interview Moreland. He declines and refers FBI agents to his attorney.
Feb. 3, 2017: Moreland resigns from General Sessions Drug Treatment Court and Cherished H.E.A.R.T.S program.
Feb. 15, 2017: Federal grand jury issues its first subpoena.
Mar. 1, 2017: Moreland meets Confidential Source 1 (CS1) at his sister’s house, asking that he enlist a mutual friend (CS2) to offer money to Natalie Amos to sign an affidavit recounting her allegations. Moreland also asks if CS1 knows an officer who might plant drugs on Amos to discredit her.
Mar. 2, 2017: Moreland tells CS1 he is concerned his phone are being monitored, discusses getting a “burner phone.”
Mar. 3, 2017: CS1 purchases a “burner phone” for Moreland in the name of "Raul Rodriguez."
Mar. 6, 2017: CS2 offers Amos money to sign an affidavit recanting her allegations. Amos reports the offer to the FBI.
Mar. 9, 2017: Moreland sends CS1 a photo of a large pile of cash to show the money was ready.
Mar. 10, 2017: FBI confronts CS1. In hopes of leniency, he places a recorded call to Moreland. The judge urges CS1 to go out with CS2 and Amos in an attempt to get the affidavit signed.
Mar. 11, 2017: Working with the FBI, CS1 meets with Moreland. The judge gives $5,100 to CS1, along with an affidavit for Amos to sign. He advises CS1 to get Amos “liquored up real good before you bring it up.”
Mar. 11, 2017: Moreland provides CS1 with an additional $1,000 for Amos.
Mar. 16, 2017: CS1 tells Moreland he has a law enforcement officer who can assist in planting drugs on Amos and initiating a traffic stop.
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