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Judge Refuses to Release File on Alleged Misconduct

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Nashville judge is refusing to let the public see documents from an investigation into his conduct.

At first, General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland told NewsChannel 5 Investigates that he'd "be happy" to provide the documents.

Now, the judge has changed his mind.

Moreland says he will not give up his right to keep a complaint and other documents secret.

Read email messages regarding release of judicial investigation files

That complaint was filed seven years ago by Les Mondelli, the head of Metro's Probation Office, with the court that regulates judges.

It involved questions about the work habits of his probation officers. After we recently caught those same officers fudging on their time cards, Moreland said he would punish them.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates filed a public records request with Mondelli for "any correspondence between yourself and anyone acting on behalf of the Court of the Judiciary [regarding] Judge Moreland's supervision of probation officers assigned to his court."

Mondelli, who works for the General Sessions Court, turned the request over to Metro lawyers.

A Metro attorney questioned whether the documents could be released, given laws that make the Court of the Judiciary's process confidential.

However, she opined that "it would be legally permissible for the complainant, respondent-judge or witnesses to disclose these Court of the Judiciary documents to you in their individual capacity if they possess copies of the documents and choose to release them."

After NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked Moreland for his release, he first said that he would check with the Metro attorney to determine "if the file is confidential in nature. If it is not I will be happy to provide these files to you."

On Monday, Moreland backed away from that commitment -- referring to an investigation by the Court of the Judiciary initiated in response to the NewsChannel 5 reports.

"Due to any pending investigation the Court may be conducting, the 'old file' may possibly be germane," Moreland emailed. "Therefore, pending any Court investigation, I will not waive the confidentiality of the file."

NewsChannel 5 Investigates has previously reported that, after the Court of the Judiciary declined to take action in the 2001 complaint, Mondelli was ordered to stop watching Moreland's probation officers.

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