- Tennessee Attorney Connie Reguli turned herself in for arrest related to charges of custodial interference
- Last year Reguli aided Wendy Dawn Hancock in ignoring a court issued Ex Parte Order
- Hancock also turned herself in on Wednesday morning for custodial interference
- In Tennessee custodial interference falls under the same Criminal Code as kidnapping
Tennessee Attorney Connie Reguli turned herself in for arrest in Williamson County for charges related to custodial interference from a case she was representing last year. According to Reguli, she aided Wendy Dawn Hancock in breaking an Ex Parte Order of protection issued by the court.
On a live video from the “S.E.E – Support Educate Expose” Facebook page, Reguli can be heard explaining the grounds for her current charges. According to Reguli, last year Hancock had an Ex Parte placed against her following accusations of dealing drugs. Reguli claims to have disobeyed the court order by harboring Hancock and her 12-year-old Brielle Bowling. A statewide Endangered Child Alert was issued as Hancock did not have custody at that time. Bowling was eventually found with Hancock roughly a week later.
Reguli is charged with facilitating custodial interference and two counts of accessory after the fact. Hancock — who also turned herself in for arrest on Wednesday — was charged with custodial interference. In Tennessee, custodial interference falls into the same Criminal Code as kidnapping. Custodial interference is a Class E felony with a maximum sentence of six years in prison, whereas kidnapping is a Class C felony with a maximum sentence of 15 years. In Tennessee, facilitation of a felony is charged as an offense next below the felony facilitated by the person charged. Accessory after the fact is also a Class E felony. Hancock currently has custody of her children, which both argue is reason to excuse breaking last year’s court order.
In a video from August 20, 2018, Hancock and Reguli made a Facebook LIVE video explaining last year’s Endangered Child Alert that was issued after taking Hancock’s daughter. In the video, Reguli claims the judge over the case filed a complaint against her with the Board of Professional Responsibility. Both women also claim Hancock was not the one selling drugs and say instead it was Bowling’s 16-year-old brother. Hancock claims the brother was the cause of the problem and “played” DCS and the police “like a fiddle” after she had kicked a female out of her house. In other words, in the live video from Reguli and Hancock, there is admittance a 16-year-old was strung out and dealing drugs inside the house where DCS had shown concern.
Family Forward Project
Reguli is the head of the Facebook group “Family Forward Project.” The group has acquired over 12,000 members all looking for support and advice as they face off against Child Protective Services cases around the country. However, the public group is loosely regulated and often a breeding ground for questionable legal advice mixed with misconstrued sovereign beliefs. Last year, convicted and self-admitted sex offender David Shore was found in the group after Reguli had endorsed his book. In the book endorsed by Reguli, Shore admits to molesting his disabled daughter within the first chapters of the book. Shore claimed to be looking for stories from families in CPS cases for his following book and alleged documentary that never seems to have come to fruition.
Board of Professional Responsibility
While Reguli holds many cases of helping families around the country, she has a history of questionable legal practices. In 2016, the Supreme Court upheld a decision from the Board of Professional Responsibility panel’s that suspended her from practicing law. Reguli also had to pay restitution to her former client Robert Castleman. In total, Reguli had three complaints against her, including her representation of Robert Castleman, false claims on her website about her professional certification and her representation of Sayuri Pope.
Most notably from the complaints, in November of 2011, attorney David Johnson filed a complaint against Reguli for claiming she was certified as a specialist in family law on her website. Reguli admitted she was not certified as a specialist and blamed the mistake on her website hosting company FirmSite. According to Reguli, she was ill with cancer when she received Johnson’s complaint but corrected the mistake in the spring of 2012. Reguli was for 11 month, 29 day suspension from practicing law in Tennessee. The sanctions were reduced to just 60 days, which was suspended with no active time served. Reguli was placed on probation for for one year and ordered to pay $7,800 restitution to her former client Caslteman.
The Panel considered the prior professional discipline of Reguli, which included serving 10 days in jail for contempt of court and other complaints to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, her failure to respond to requests for information by the Board, refusal to recognize the wrongful nature of her conduct, and her substantial experience in the practice of law.
The Panel imposed an 11 month, 29 day suspension of Reguli from practicing law in Tennessee, to be served on probation subject to certain conditions.Brentwood Home Page
Court records show in 2008, Reguli was held in criminal contempt of court for allegedly instructing Gregory Ross to violate a trial court order in regards to a custody issue with the child’s mother Teresa Ross. Reguli’s appeal was based on an oral judgment at the trial court and a lack of evidence showing she instructed her client to break the order. “While Ms. Reguli had the right, indeed the duty to zealously represent her client in this matter, and herself in this appeal, her use of the brief as a vehicle to convey her contempt of the trial court is inexcusable,” the appeal reads.