Nashville Songwriter wins Control of life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville songwriter has won a 2½-year legal battle to regain control of his life and make all medical, legal and financial decisions for himself.

A judge on Monday ruled that musician and songwriter Danny Tate is fully capable of managing his own affairs.

The 54-year-old songwriter, who's written a top 10 hit, had been declared disabled at a 2007 hearing where he wasn't present and later was declared disabled again after being denied a request for a lawyer.

It all happened after the songwriter's older brother went to court saying Tate was suffering from a life-threatening drug addiction.

Judge Randy Kennedy's finding Monday came after three doctors concluded that the songwriter is now capable of managing his own affairs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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