Baumgartner Gets Delay in Federal Trial

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley today approved a three-month delay in the federal trial of former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner. Lawyers for Baumgartner had asked for the delay saying they had “only scratched the surface of the complex and voluminous government discovery” and would not be ready to file meaningful motions by this week's deadline. The trial was to have started on June 18. It now will start on Oct. 23. Read more in the News Sentinel

In related news, U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips, who was set to preside over the trial, recused himself yesterday. It will be up to Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier to name a replacement. Learn more about that development