Nashville’s DA Closes Investigation of One Local Official, Opens Another

As District Attorney General Torry Johnson closed an investigation into one elected official Friday, he announced plans to launch another inquiry into a second officeholder, the Tennessean reports.
During a news conference, Johnson said he will be meet next week with officials from the TBI and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury to investigate Davidson County Clerk John Arriola’s practice of pocketing $40 for marriages he performs and the employment of his campaign treasurer, whose work for the office has been difficult to determine.
At the same news conference, Johnson announced that his investigation into Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence ended with Torrence’s resignation Friday morning after his office found that Torrence averaged no more than a 19-hour workweek for the last 2 1/2 years.
Had Torrence not resigned, Johnson would have sought to oust him with a rarely used state law allowing judges to unseat court clerks.
“We’ve certainly had a run of bad luck,” Johnson quipped.
Neither Arriola or Torrence could be reached for comment Friday.

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