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Tue May 7, 2019, 04:19 PM

Tennessee House Speaker's Top Aide Resigns After Accusations of Framing Black Activist and Sending R

Source: The Root

Tennessee House Speaker's Top Aide Resigns After Accusations of Framing Black Activist and Sending Racist and Sexist Texts

Anne Branigin
Today 10:51am Filed to: TENNESSEE

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casadaís chief of staff, a white man who actually and truly goes by the name Cade Cothren, has resigned amid allegations that he framed a black activist, as well as sent racist and sexually explicit texts, some of which were received by his boss. Cothren announced his resignation on Monday, hours after admitting to using illegal drugs, including snorting cocaine, in his legislative offices.

Yes, itís astoundingly messy. So, letís take it slowly.

The first allegation to surface involves Cothrenís participation in framing Justin Jones, a Vanderbilt University divinity student who has protested at the Tennessee State House over a bust honoring a Confederate general, according to ThinkProgress. Tennessee politics being Tennessee politics, the state legislature refused to take down the statue. In February, following a protest at the Capitol, Jones was arrested for assault after a cup was thrown into Speaker Casadaís elevator.

Because elevators matter more than black lives at the State House, a condition of Jonesí bond was that he was prohibited from contacting Casada. This is where our boy Cade Cothren comes in.

Jones maintains that heís obeyed the order, but Cothren sent a photo to Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk showing Jones emailed Casadaís office one day after the order was handed down. The problem? Jonesí email records show the email was actually sent on February 25óbefore his arrest.

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Read more: https://www.theroot.com/tennessee-house-speakers-top-aide-resigns-after-accusat-1834564808

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Related: Black people are idiotsí scandal rocks Tennessee legislature (ThinkProgress)

Meanwhile in LBN: Embattled TN House Speaker Calls Explicit Sexual Texts 'Locker Room Talk'

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