Abuse of Power: David W. Lanier

The Stats

  • Name: David W. Lanier
  • Occupation: Judge
  • Crime: Sexual Assault, Violation of Civil Rights
  • Sentence: Prison, 25 Years

Judge David W. Lanier had his hands on the pulse of the law in Dyersburg, Tennessee for decades. Unfortunately, he also had a penchant for placing his hands in places where they weren't invited.

David W. Lanier
David W. Lanier

According to Dyersburg police investigator, Joey McDowell, "He handled adoptions, child custody cases, divorces. If your kids got in trouble, you'd see him in juvenile court. And when you died, he probated your will," "Cradle to grave, he controlled everything."

Back in the late 80's, through the 1990s Judge David Lanier was busy sexually assaulting women from courthouse personnel to plaintiffs whose cases he presided over.

People openly referred to the judge as "The Grabber."

One woman, Patty Wallace, relayed an incident about a time when Judge Lanier fondled and groped her in open court, and other women came forward with stories of how he touched them in chambers.

In one particularly disgusting event, Vivian Archie, told of a time when she came to Judge Lanier to be interviewed for a secretarial position.

During the interview, the good judge pinned her down, pinched her throat and neck, and ordered her to perform oral sex on him.

Other women came forward with similar stories that all amounted to the same thing, Judge David Lanier is a sex pervert.

At one point his sentence was overturned by a constitutional loophole, but justice and common sense soon prevailed and he was sent back to prison.

From behind prison walls the perverted judge told stories of a conspiracy theory, and that the women, the prosecuting attorney, and the FBI were all out to get him. True to form, he denied everything.

From behind prison walls the perverted judge told stories of a conspiracy theory, and that the women, the prosecuting attorney, and the FBI were all out to get him. True to form, he denied everything.


Today, the good judge is apologetic to his victims, but he seeks to be released because he and his supporters believe that he is serving too much time for his crimes.

According to Lanier, "Nowhere in the world is anyone being punished like I am for what I did," he said. "The federal government, the FBI, the judges, they are all trying to keep me from pursuing my rights. Twenty-five years is a death sentence for me."

Judge David Lanier is serving out his time at the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex. He is 78 years old, and he should be released in March of 2018. According to his Facebook Fan Page (can you believe that?), some of his supporters are calling his imprisonment a "Terrible Injustice."

According to the woman he raped, Vivian Archie, "He took away my rights. He made me feel like nothing."

What a horrible manner for a judge to behave. No one will ever know how many other women this sick man has assaulted. Most intelligent people realize many victims of sexual assault never come forward due to shame, humiliation, and in Judge David Lanier's case, fear of retribution from someone who was in nearly absolute power.

I hope he serves every last second of his sentence.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Rachelle....This true tale is horrifying, but I'm not at all shocked or surprised. Many individuals in powerful positions, have "issues" and mental problems, just as those who are average Joes. The seriousness of this, is that his power allowed him to commit his heinous crimes, much longer and to many more victims, than had he been an average citizen.

The mistake most of us make (and I have been guilty of this myself) is believing that there is true justice or even fairness, anywhere at all, in this screwed up country of ours.

You did an excellent job relating this story. Very interesting and eye-opening. ..UP++


daughter 3 years ago

what do you even know?


Gloria 19 months ago

This man did a lot more than molest women. He had an iron fist in this county for yrs. Very corrupt. He is where he belongs.


Armywifestrong 14 months ago

RE: " DAUGHTER " I can sympathize with your statement, " what do you know ". Sometimes you have to accept the most difficult of circumstances. There is absolutely no reason and way all those women lied. No woman wants to tell strangers that she was made to perform oral sex or any type of sex act for that matter. The judge also FLED.... and it wasn't because he didn't want to go to jail.. I am going to go out on a limb and do what I never, and... ASSIME... that you are an intelligent woman ? Yes ? With your father being a judge and again...ASSUMING.... that he would not be with a woman who wasn't equally as intelligent and yet again.... I'm ASSUMING you are just as intelligent . With all that said you know... You know that all those women are part of a conspiracy theory and conspiring federal prosecutor and whom ever else was involved. I empathize, I truly do and I'm very sad you had to go that he is guilty and deep down you know the same. I hope you will eventually admit to yourself that he is guilty and deserves to be punished. That doesn't mean you love him any less or Amy different it just means you've accepted what he's done and what and who he is. God bless. I don't mean to make you angry though I would imagine you would be... I would be if it were me. Take care .

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