Baumgartner in Court Disputing Federal Charge

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley today heard a defense appeal to toss out a case against former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner. Defense attorneys Donald A. Bosch and Ann Short say the federal charge against Baumgartner is legally flawed, contending he did not commit a federal crime because he did not lie to federal authorities. Assistant U.S attorneys David Lewen and Zachary Bolitho disagree, saying Baumgartner was part of a drug distribution conspiracy and lied to protect it. Shirley took the issue under advisement and will issue a written ruling later, the News Sentinel reports.