Baumgartner Found Guilty of 5 of 6 Federal Counts

On its fourth day of deliberations, a federal jury convicted former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner on five of six counts of misprision of a felony, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. The panel found him guilty of lying to an Anderson County judge, a Knox County judge, a state prosecutor, a child support referee and the director of transitional housing at the YWCA. He was acquitted of lying to nurses at the former St. Mary’s Medical Center with the purpose of covering up a drug conspiracy. Baumgartner’s attorneys say they will appeal the five guilty verdicts.