After losing his house, his savings and even his future royalties, Nashville songwriter Danny Tate was led away from a courtroom in handcuffs Thursday.
Tate’s jailing came on three misdemeanor charges — including possession of a gun and a small amount of marijuana — that had been pending for nearly a year. He said in a brief telephone conversation earlier this week that he had decided to turn himself in. Tate, 57, is being held in the county lockup in lieu of $75,000 bail, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s office.
Tate’s conservatorship was one of several cases before [Judge Randy] Kennedy, who has been criticized for his handling of cases in which managers are appointed to handle the finances of people the court finds incapable of handling themselves.
Court and other public records show that Tate’s house on Old Harding Pike was auctioned off in 2012 to pay legal and other bills stemming from the conservatorship.
The winning $120,000 bid was made by Michael G. Hoskins, one of the attorneys hired to represent him.
Kennedy approved legal fees from the house sale proceeds totaling up to $215,673.75 for Hoskins and Paul Housch, who represented Tate’s brother.
In March, Hoskins placed a $127,862.19 lien on Tate’s royalties, which means any royalties earned from that date forward will go to Hoskins until the debt is reduced to zero.
Tate was one of the witnesses at public hearings held last year by the Tennessee Bar Association on the state law governing conservatorships.
Stating that he went into the conservatorship as a millionaire and came out impoverished, Tate said, “Everything that has happened in this case defies all sense and logic.”
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