Judge Plans Search For Source Of Testimony Leak

Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 20:45:43-05

The parents of Nashville developer David Chase want to know who leaked details about their sworn testimony involving Nashville DA Glenn Funk.

That testimony was obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates and other media.

"We want to find out who did it," said attorney Gayle Malone, who represents Dean and Sandy Chase, as well as their company, D.F. Chase.

NewsChannel 5 first obtained videos of depositions the Chases gave in a lawsuit filed by their son.

Their testimony raises questions about the terms of Funk's agreement last year to dismiss domestic violence charges against David Chase.

There were also questions about political consultant Bill Fletcher's request that Dean Chase pay him $2 million.

Fletcher has denied the request was for anything improper, and Funk has denied knowing anything about it at all.

"What we are asking is that the court get to the bottom of this, find out who disclosed it, because this has been embarrassing for our people," Malone said. "It's cost them a ton of money, and they need to be able to get retribution for that."

Circuit Court Judge Michael Binkley was adamant.

"I'm going to find out what happened," Binkley told the lawyers. "It should not have to be complicated for this court to find out if it involves a lawyer."

Attorneys for the Chases argued that the leaks violated confidentiality orders imposed by the judge.

Binkley said he's going to ask all of the attorneys in the case to confess if they were the source of the leaks -- before he decides if more investigation is needed.

Meanwhile, NewsChannel 5 has asked the judge to unseal all documents in the case relating to that deal with the DA.