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Texts Show Judge Intervening For Female Friend

Posted: 6:44 PM, Feb 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-30 13:28:30-04
Texts Show Judge Intervening For Female Friend
Texts Show Judge Intervening For Female Friend

Thousands of text messages between General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland and a female friend show him willing to use his position when she got into trouble.

The text messages, obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates, show he came to the woman's rescue during a traffic stop with Metro police.

The judge has publicly denied an inappropriate relationship, but the texts paint a very different picture.

On May 16 of last year, Natalie Amos texted Judge Moreland and asked, "How's your Monday."

He responded with a picture of a packed courtroom, apparently taken from the bench and stated "plenty of business."

It is one of several texts sent from work.

On June 16 of last year, texts show she agreed to meet Judge Moreland for drinks at the Batter's Box.

But on her way there, a Metro Police officer pulled Amos over at 3:20 in the afternoon.

She texted Judge Moreland: "He's running my license right now. I told him it's suspended but I'm concerned."

Amos added, "This is the last thing I need right now."

Moreland responded, "I got ya girl"

She texted, "Evicted and jail. Not a good look fo this girl lol."

Two minutes later Moreland asked, "What's happening? Did you drop my name?"

She texted "Absolutely!! I told him I'm on my way to meet you."

Moreland then picked up his phone and called the officer's supervisor at Central Precinct.

Moreland texted Amos, "His boss is on the way! Don't tell him."

Metro Police confirm that, after getting the judge's call, the supervisor immediately drove to the scene where Amos was pulled over.

The officers decided not to issue Amos a ticket for driving on a revoked license "after understanding that she was on the way to Judge Moreland's office."

Twenty minutes after she was pulled over, she texted: "On my way" and "I love you."

That evening, Amos texted him a  picture of her wearing a police ball cap.

He replied, "Your a f***ing hottie."

But that is not the only time Moreland was ready to help.

In May, Amos texted: "I'm driving to Cookeville and back and don't want to end up in some jail in the middle of nowhere because my license is still questionable. Can I call you 911 in worst case scenario?"

"Yes ma'am," he responded.

And in August, she was returning from drinks with him when she texted that her Lyft was pulled over in East Nashville.

She gave the street address. Moreland responded, "Do I need to help."

She said: "Nope I used my good looks and award winning smile. I guess your superpowers rubbed off on me."

Shortly after they  met in 2015, Amos texted Judge Moreland about getting a DUI interlock device removed from her car.

She said she had completed probation, but she needed it removed. She texted, "If you sign a separate release saying I've fulfilled the interlock requirement then I can get this out of my car immediately."

He responded, "Bring what I need to sign. I will sign it today."

She later texted, "Just write a memo or something on your letterhead saying I've fulfilled the interlock requirement."

Amos was friends with a woman whose death sparked a police investigation.

It was ruled a suicide.

But it led to other questions about Moreland's court and we now know the FBI is involved.

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