Megan Barry

Funk Profiled for Role in Barry Investigation

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk was profiled today by The Tennessean about his role in the investigation and eventual resignation of former Mayor Megan Barry. Funk described his decision to appear in court himself on the day of Barry’s hearing — in which she pleaded guilty to felony theft over $10,000 — by saying he hoped it would provide authority to the deal Barry had struck. He also denied the presence of a conflict of interest in his investigation, saying that his office derives its power from the state government, not the mayor.
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Nashville Mayor Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Theft

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry appeared in Davidson County court today and pleaded guilty to felony theft charges related to her affair with her head of security, WKRN reports. Barry resigned as mayor of Nashville, having served less than three years of her term. She will receive three years of unsuspended probation. She will have to pay $11,000 in restitution to the city per the conditions of her plea agreement. Rob Forrest, the bodyguard whom Barry conducted an affair with, also pleaded guilty today, and must pay $45,000 back to the city as conditions of his agreement. Metro District Attorney Glenn Funk asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to close its probe into Barry's affair following her resignation and plea deal, the Nashville Business Journal reports.
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Nashville Vice Mayor Recommends 2 Memphis Firms for Barry Investigation

Nashville Vice Mayor David Briley has recommended two Memphis law firms to aid the Metro Council’s investigation into potential impropriety in Mayor Megan Barry’s extramarital affair, The Tennessean reports. Briley’s submissions were Burch, Porter and Johnson and Butler Snow, both of which fulfilled his criteria of having no conflicts, proposed reasonable costs, and had diversity plans in place.
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Barry Calls for District Attorney to Recuse Himself from Affair Investigation

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s office is calling for District Attorney Glenn Funk to recuse himself from the criminal investigation into her affair, The Tennessean reports. The office of the mayor claims that Funk has a conflict of interest because the budget of the DA’s office is overseen by the mayor’s office. A legal opinion from Memphis attorney and TBA President Lucian Pera was utilized by the mayor’s office in its release. Pera issued the opinion in his capacity as a private attorney and ethics expert. The TBA does not take official positions in investigations of this nature.
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Nude Photos, Deleted Chats May Point to Wrongdoing in Nashville Mayor Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it obtained nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former police Sgt. Rob Forrest which points to evidence that Nashville Mayor Megan Barry engaged in an affair with the officer while he was on the clock, The Tennessean reports. Court filings show that the TBI took possession of Barry’s phone on Friday, and investigators have already uncovered 260 deleted chats and 35 deleted call logs between the mayor and her former bodyguard. NewsChannel5 reports that security video shows the pair during multiple early-morning visits to the city cemetery, at a time when Forrest was on the job.
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Nashville Vice Mayor Appoints 7-Member Committee to Investigate Barry

Nashville Vice Mayor David Briley has named seven members of the Metro Council to a special committee to investigate the use of city money during Mayor Megan Barry’s affair with her former bodyguard, The Tennessean reports. At-large council members Erica Gilmore and Bob Mendes, as well as district council members Brenda Haywood, Burkley Allen, Mina Johnson, Russ Pulley and Robert Swope, will serve on the committee, which will begin meeting this Thursday. The body voted 30-7 last week to approve the council-led investigation, which will include subpoena power. “The most important objective of this committee should be that its conduct and deliberations be seen as fair and impartial," Briley wrote in a letter to council members.
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Barry Attorneys Send Letter to Media, Nashville Council Seeks Special Investigative Committee

The Nashville Metro Council might appoint a special committee with subpoena power to investigate travel and overtime expenses related to Mayor Megan Barry and her former head of security, The Tennessean reports. Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher said she plans to file a resolution that would appoint a committee of three to seven council members to oversee the investigation. This comes as attorneys for Barry sent a letter to the media threatening legal action should they publish rumors that Barry engaged in other affairs with metro employees.
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Nashville D.A. Calls for TBI Investigation into Mayor’s Affair, Barry Will Cooperate

Nashville’s District Attorney Glenn Funk has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into whether Mayor Megan Barry broke any laws while engaging in an affair with her former head of security, The Tennessean reports. Barry confirmed today that she “will fully cooperate” with any such probe. The investigation will look into the potential misuse of public funds and official misconduct. Metro Nashville police, the employer of Barry’s former bodyguard, say they have no reason to believe at this time that “there is any violation of criminal statutes.”
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Lawmakers Respond to Obama Action on Gun Control

Several Tennessee lawmakers and officials have responded to President Barack Obama’s proposed executive action on gun control. Obama's proposal would require those selling guns at gun shows and online to be licensed and would close a loophole that allows buyers of some dangerous weapons to obtain them without going through a background check, The Tennessean reports. “Additional gun laws would not have stopped the violence in California, Chattanooga or Charleston," Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said. "Instead of focusing on those who commit the violence, the President wants to make it harder for the law-abiding to obtain the firearms they need to defend themselves.” Nashville mayor Megan Barry praised the president’s actions, saying, “The proposals (Obama) has put forward are common sense approaches focused on promoting public safety and reducing the proliferation of illegal guns on our streets.”

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