Baumgartner Seeks to Regain Pension

Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner is challenging loss of his pension after a jury convicted him on federal charges of misprision of a felony for his role in covering up a prescription painkiller conspiracy. The pension earlier had been spared when he pleaded guilty to a state charge of official misconduct. Baumgartner now argues that the law only bars him from retirement benefits if the crimes stem from "official" duties, and that his conduct in the federal case had nothing to do with his role as judge, the Knox News reports.