Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson accused a sitting judge of choosing the “good ole boy” network over victims of domestic violence, exposing a grave trend that he says stretches back several years, reports The Tennessean. In a scathing letter to the presiding judge in Davidson County General Sessions Court, Anderson said Judge Casey Moreland has a seeming “lack of concern in matters involving domestic violence” that was made clear in the case against David Chase, a domestic abuse suspect who is accused of attacking his girlfriend twice in one morning. Moreland helped clear the way for Chase’s early release on a domestic assault charge on June 8.
Domestic assault suspects can be held in jail for 12 hours to ensure the safety of alleged victims, but Moreland waived a 12-hour “cooling off” period after a Sunday morning call from Chase’s defense attorney, Bryan Lewis. Chase, a prominent local contractor, spent about three hours in jail, then brutally beat and choked his girlfriend. The case, which Anderson branded a “fiasco,” has drawn outrage from city leaders and domestic violence groups. In his seven-page letter sent Monday, Anderson called on presiding General Sessions Judge Bill Higgins to “put in place measures that will give the monitoring public an assurance that such misconduct will not occur in the future.” He said, “(D)omestic violence is not a game and any additional antics of this type will completely destroy any remaining confidence in the (courts.)”