Blackwood: Temptation Was Strong to 'Tell it Like It Is'

Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, tired of being blamed for the legal morass that followed Judge Richard Baumgartner's conviction, says now he had planned to say more than he did in court last week, when proceedings turned into a shouting match with Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. "When I saw this motion to recuse, I jumped up and did three cartwheels and said, 'It's my time, baby,' " Blackwood said. "I'm going to make this like the Jerry Springer Show. The Jerry Springer Show would be mild in comparison." But, Blackwaood says, a colleague advised him against taking it to that level. Read the story in the News Sentinel