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Tennessee judge charged with federal perjury in drug case

November 18, 1997

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ A judge has been charged with perjury for testifying he knew nothing about his girlfriend’s drug dealing.

Judge Wyatt Nowlin Taylor, 65, was freed on $10,000 bail and was back on the bench Tuesday.

Taylor, the lone General Sessions Court judge in Bedford County, was arrested by FBI agents Monday outside the courthouse in Shelbyville.

Taylor is accused of lying to a grand jury in 1996 and at a federal trial in 1997, both involving drug charges against his girlfriend, Brenda Farrar Gordon, 30.

Investigators said that from 1994 to 1996, Taylor knew Ms. Gordon used and distributed marijuana and crack, and that the two smoked marijuana together.

While Taylor was protecting his girlfriend, she agreed to work with the FBI, authorities said. In 1996, she secretly taped conversations with him about her drug use and about setting up drug deals from his home.

Ms. Gordon was convicted earlier this year and is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

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