Charge Not Pursued Against Prominent Attorney
by Nick Beres
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A criminal charge will not be pursued against a high profile defense lawyer connected with the Vanderbilt rape case.
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office entered an order of nolle prosequi in the harassment charges filed against Fletcher Long. A nolle prosequi means the state has declined to pursue the charges at the time, but the case can be readdressed at a further time.
The DA also dismissed an order of protection.
Long had been accused in December of sending threatening e-mails and harassing a former employee.
Long said the charges will also be expunged from his record.
Long denied any wrongdoing from the very beginning and said he's glad the ordeal is over for him and his family.
"This is why it's important we don't rush to judgment," said Long. "These accusations were completely baseless."
Long is part of the legal team that represents former football player Brandon Vandenburg in the high profile Vanderbilt rape case.
Long still faces other legal issues after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged him and a former partner with extortion on March 5. Long said the indictment was initiated by a simple billing dispute with a client, and would not affect his current cases.