Baumgartner Defense Makes Final Push

Lawyers for former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner are making a final push to fight federal charges that he lied to judges and a prosecutor to protect his pill-supplying girlfriend Deena Castleman. New motions filed with U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer allege that Baumgartner could not have been collaborating in the pill distribution network since Castleman was locked up when he spoke to Anderson County Judge Don Elledge about her release. A second motion argues there is no proof that Baumgartner lied to Knox County Assistant District Attorney General Jeff Blevins when he asked Blevins to “do what you can” to help the woman, as she was facing burglary charges at the time. Baumgartner faces sentencing April 10 Knoxnews reports. Greer is expected to rule on the validity of the convictions before the sentencing.