Attorney: Baumgartner Gave Judicial Diversion 'A Bad Name'

A Knox County commissioner is seeking judicial diversion from a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge after authorities allege he was caught in a sexual encounter in a public park. The charge against Jeff Ownby is a minor one, calling for a $50 fine. But his attorney Gregory P. Isaacs is pulling out the stops to avoid any blemish on the record of Ownby, a married father and foster father who represents the 4th District as a Republican. Isaacs maintains that Ownby is a victim of the fallout over disgraced former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, who Isaacs contends has given judicial diversion a bad name and made prosecutors much too wary to grant it. The News Sentinel has the story