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Gov. Haslam favors cooling off period in domestic cases

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A high-profile domestic violence case in Nashville has led to talk of more restrictions for defendants in such cases.

The Tennessean reports Gov. Bill Haslam said on Monday that he would support making a 12-hour "cooling off" period mandatory after someone has been arrested on a domestic violence charge.

The statement comes in the midst of a controversy over a Nashville case involving a prominent contractor who was released from jail a few hours after his arrest on a domestic violence charge. Police say he assaulted his girlfriend a second time shortly after being released.

Lawmakers in Middle Tennessee have said they plan to introduce a bill next year that would require people arrested on domestic violence charges to remain incarcerated for at least 12 hours.

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