Blackwood: No Authority to Open TBI Files

Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood said at a specially-called hearing in Knox County Criminal Court that he has no authority to make public the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's file on former judge Richard Baumgartner. Blackwood said the portions of the file not made public contain phone records and recorded conversations in which Baumgartner discusses sex with two women and makes "crude remarks" about people. "What you're not going to find (in the TBI file) is a great big conspiracy among officials to protect Richard Baumgartner," he said. The News Sentinel reports.