Councilman Banks' patronizing prostitution charge dismissed

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 4:59pm

Metro councilman Brady Banks officially had his patronizing prostitution charge dismissed Monday afternoon in Davidson County Criminal Court.

He completed an eight-hour “john” class and paid court costs to get the charge dropped, which is standard for a first-time offender.

Banks was arrested in February after being caught trying to solicit a prostitute in an undercover sting by the Metro Nashville Police Department. He resigned from his job with the state’s Books From Birth Foundation the day after his arrest.

In March, Banks addressed the public for the first time and announced he would keep serving on the council.

“I also understand and fully deserve any criticism of my failures,” Banks told reporters in March. “My hope is that [my constituents] will give me an opportunity to regain that trust."

Banks is less than a year into his four-year term as District 4 councilman.

20 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 5/15/12 at 3:30

Obviously, the horny Mister Banks did not want to give up the generous perks of being a Councilman, no matter how much shame he is forced to endure by simply attending the meetings....what a creep.

By: conservarage on 5/15/12 at 5:40

oh good, gets arrested, stays on council. wonderful.

By: Moonglow1 on 5/15/12 at 6:18

Moonglow1: He needs to resign. Who provides "John" classes? How are they financed? Mr Banks is a creep.

By: global_citizen on 5/15/12 at 6:40

Ah, the sanctimonious are out early. Loner, what are the "generous perks" of being on metro council? I find that amusing considering it pays $15,000 a year and you're constantly on call to the demands of constituents who don't take no for an answer.

Moonglow, why does he need to resign? He tried to hook up with a prostitute. Big deal. Get over it. That's hardly worth stripping the guy of everything he's attained in life.

By: i.am.a.taxpayer on 5/15/12 at 6:59

Mr. Banks wsa treated the same way as any other person would have been. The process used was standard, as it should have been. Elected officials should be treated the same as everybody else, no better and no worse. Time to move on.

By: Melstruck on 5/15/12 at 7:31

Global - If a council person completes two term, they get health benefits for life - at the same cost as a Metro employee who is still working. That's a pretty big perk. Why do you think Pam Murray was so upset at being ousted at the end of her second term?

Taxpayer - Yes, elected officials should be treated the same as anyone else in the court system. However, they should be held to a higher standard in their job. Mr. Banks should resign.

By: wasaw on 5/15/12 at 9:09

global_citizen, at what level of government do you expect to be staffed by a moral bureaucrat? You'll find that seedy politicians, like Brady Banks, will reach the rock bottom level of morality that you will accept. This arrest wasn't a one time experience for Banks. Nobody ever gets caught their first time out. Banks has probably been doing it with hookers for sometime. Why should the electorate have to settle for such a low level immoral bureaucrat? So he got caught; are we to believe he's a better man now? This arrest brought out to the public that here, we have a man who has a defect. He'd probably do quite well anywhere else but in politics, where other seedy politicians, such as Karl Dean, will feed off him. Banks will sell his constiuency down the river for a hooker. You see, his arrest has exposed his predisposition to get down with the lowest. You know, now that I think about it , who but a politician could get lower than a hooker? Makes me think of Gary Odum!

By: global_citizen on 5/15/12 at 9:46

wasaw, I know Brady Banks. I'm sure you don't. He's not a "seedy" person. He's someone made a mistake. Now, if you've never once made a mistake in your life, go ahead and cast the first stone. But the high and mighty attitude of some people posting here is a little too sanctimonious.

By: jackie1999 on 5/15/12 at 10:07

Jackie Cooper - Mr. Banks has been caught in a prostitution sting and should resign from Metro Council. How could his judgement be trusted by the public? As for the benefits and perks issue, I think these benefits should be stopped. Taxpayers cannot support the benefits and perks of everyone in office, that goes from Congress on down to the Metro council.

By: concretemike on 5/15/12 at 10:47

global_citizen , I am happy for you that you know someone with such compromised morals and values that he would solicit a prostitute and risk not only his life but the lives of his wife and family. What if this prostitute had herpes, crabs or AIDS and he brought this back to his wife, a life of suffering and maybe premature death for her. What if this prostitute and her pimp shook him down and threatened to harm his family for more money? This could have been about much more than a "little" sex.

A mistake is not going to a hotel room (decision #1) to meet a prostitute (decision #2) when your wife thinks you are elsewhere (lie by omission) and you are married with children (and I am sure thinking of them ever moment).

Brady Banks made many bad decisions that night and got caught trying to make a deposit in the wrong bank. (pun intended) I hope this is the first time he has done this but when he makes decisions like this I have to question his credibility. Would he have told his wife about this if he wasn't caught? Mr. Banks has done what is required in the eyes of the law but he will always have the scorn of those who hold themselves to a higher standard. Too bad he doesn't have enough moral character to do the same!!!

Having character doesn't mean acting like one!

By: global_citizen on 5/16/12 at 6:29

concretemike, I'd spare the condescending tone if I were you. You also know people who've hired prostitutes. I guarantee it. You just don't know about it.

All you holier-than-thou types probably have a number of skeletons in your own closet.

By: Moonglow1 on 5/16/12 at 7:41

Moonglow1: This is the best we can do for District 4? No other candidates to choose from? Only a guy who completed a "john" class.
So now the righteous come out and say "oh, he messed up, but now he has repented. " Yeah, right. Like how many child molesters change.
Banks quit his job, now he should do the right thing and resign as councilman. The District deserves better.

By: slzy on 5/16/12 at 9:11

Did'nt Banks graduate from Harvard Theology? Did he miss that day they spoke on adultery?

He is sitting in a body of lawmakers,yet he recognizes no law for himself,. He should don sackcloths and ashes move to India and walk in Mother Teresas path if he is truly repenent.

Does'nt it seem like having a sneak thief on the Council is sorta like having a child molester running a day care?

By: yogiman on 5/16/12 at 6:10

A person's personal life is their business only. But too many citizens think everyone else should live their lives as they think they should. But do you really know how the "better than thou" are living?

By: wasaw on 5/16/12 at 9:54

global_citizen, so what district do you represent? Why is it when firemen or law enforcement officers are caught doing bad, we have no issues with cutting bait and letting them go? But, when elected politicians get caught violating the public trust, we quickly bring up the "if you live in a glass house, you shouldn't throw stones" defense. Brady Banks wasn't on drugs when he laid with the prostitute, was he? Was Brady Banks having psychological issues at the time? If both of your answers to my questions is "NO", then what plausible reason did he violate the law?

g-c, if you are a law abiding citizen, like most all of us are, why would you defend Brady Banks actions? OK, so you know him. Did you know that he was visiting Nashville prostitutes? If not, then you really didn't know the REAL Brady Banks. You really don't know Brady Banks NOW, g_c. The next time he gets the urge; he'll pick up the phone and call one of his gals. The fact that he got caught doesn't mean he'll stop dealing with the hookers. It only means he'll be smarter next time. Do you know how to spell "recidivists”?

So global_citizen, what district do you represent?

By: global_citizen on 5/17/12 at 6:41

"g-c, if you are a law abiding citizen, like most all of us are, why would you defend Brady Banks actions? OK, so you know him. Did you know that he was visiting Nashville prostitutes? If not, then you really didn't know the REAL Brady Banks. You really don't know Brady Banks NOW, g_c. "

I would say his wife knows him much better than I do and she didn't know he was meeting with a prostitute, so your logic fails here.

By: wasaw on 5/17/12 at 8:25

global_citizen, we've also noticed his wife is not here defending him. What should we make out of that one? Maybe she's concerned that he may have deposited some SDT bacteria in her vaginal tract while they had intercourse, after he visited one of his ladies. Maybe she's concerned that the child could be born blind. You see global_citizen, there are ramifications to be considered when one lays with the ladies of the evening.

So, tell us global_citizen, what metro councilmanic district do you represent?

By: Jughead on 5/17/12 at 10:13

Makes me feel warm and fuzzy that creeptards like him remain in gov't. Sure he is pals with Karl Marx Dean and will be gung-ho for the tax increase! Must be sweet to be a Metro employee and always have the taxpayer to ream for more salary.

By: Shadow63 on 5/18/12 at 7:33

People who throw around words like "sanctimonious" are usually swimming, or has swam in the same puddle as the one they're defending.

By: Shadow63 on 5/18/12 at 7:37

Anyone with the ability to influece a vote has "Perks". If you don't understand that principle, you're very naive.