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December 27, 2012
Prosecutors have decided not to prosecute a man accused of trespassing on property owned by singer Taylor Swift.
24 year old Jacob Kulke has been in the Metro Jail since his arrest on December 13th.
Police have said Kulke scaled a secured gate and fence outside the home on Harding Place. According to the arrest warrant, he wanted to surprise her on her birthday.
Prosecutors declined to pursue a trial in part because Kulke has already served jail time consistent with the misdemeanor trespassing charge.
Kulke still faces a probation violation charge in Colorado, and he is being held in Tennessee as a fugitive from justice.
He is fighting extradition to Colorado and will have another hearing in Nashville on January 29th.
Kulke remains in the Metro Jail on a $350,000 bond because of the Colorado case.
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Thursday, December 27 2012, 05:46 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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