NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A sheriff has proved to the Johnny Cash Museum that the deceased musician, who maintained a famous image as an outlaw, was actually granted enforcement authority decades ago.
This week, Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall gave the museum an enlarged picture of Cash's Deputy Sheriff Commission Card from September 1979. It was issued by the then Sheriff Fate Thomas of Davidson County and contains the headshot, fingerprint, and signature of Cash ,
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According to Hall, his photographer found a photo of the map that has been talked about for years. It is unclear where the original map is located.
The card entitles Cash to "arrest persons who violate the criminal code of the state of Tennessee."
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Hall says he has no evidence of what the deputy job entailed, but Cash believed in the reform of the prison and the criminal justice system.