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Judges Asked to Allow Sexy Bond Business in Music City


By Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It was an unusual court hearing that included talk of bail bonds, fake Mexican death certificates and sexy underwear.

Thursday, the provocative owner of a Midstate bail bonding company went before Davidson County judges and ended up answering questions first uncovered by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

Leah Hulan operates in several mid-state counties, but the so-called "Grumpy's Bond Girl" wants local judges to let her into the lucrative Nashville market.

Still, those judges had plenty of questions about one incident from her past.

Hulan's sex-charged ads for Grumpy's Bail Bonds have raised a few eyebrows. She's a former Miss Tennessee who once ran an adults-only website.

"Currently, besides enabling some of my fantasies to become realities through this website," she wrote, "I seek my thrills as the owner of Grumpy's Bail Bonding."

But Hulan was conservatively dressed as she came before Davidson County Criminal Court judges to ask permission to bring her bond business to Nashville.

Some judges briefly questioned her company selling sexy items, including a Grumpy's thong.  It was a topic that she addressed during a 2007 interview.

"I kinda gear my advertising toward that target audience -- males commit more crimes than females," she said.

But the majority of questions centered around issues first uncovered by NewsChannel 5 Investigates about how she and her husband used a questionable death certificate -- for Williamson County fugitive Salvio Diaz -- to help them get out of a $100,000 bond.

"We have letters ... saying the death certificate is fake," we told the couple.

"Then can we stop right now then?" Hulan's husband, Kevin Davis, interjected. "Because this is news to me."

Hulan told the judges she didn't know the death certificate was fake. "I assumed that's what the court would do, was authenticate the death certificate."

She also denied a DA's investigator's claim that she later refused to cooperate.

"Ms. Hulan lawyered up?" NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked investigator Barry Carroll.

"Yes," he answered.

"She wouldn't talk to you?"


"Wouldn't answer any questions?"


Hulan denied that. "We, in fact, were willing and very much wanting this investigation because of the many false allegations that had been made."

In the end, the judges took the fate of the Bond Girl's latest business venture under advisement.

Hulan's lawyer had a letter of support from a DA in Williamson County, where the fake death certificate was presented.

But Davidson County prosecutors say everyone involved in that incident should be forced to come in and testify under oath -- something they've never done -- before the courts trust her to do business in Nashville.

One of Hulan's more recent ads shows a young man fantasizing about how he might get arrested to take advantage of her bonding services. Still, it's not clear whether judges can take her marketing approach into consideration.

E-mail: pwilliams@newschannel5.com

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