Court Grants Review of 6 Cases

The Tennessee Supreme Court ends the summer with review grants in six cases. The sixth case – although arising in a criminal matter – has application in civil cases as well, considering when successor judges may serve as 13th juror. The case arose from a trial presided over by Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner, who later resigned due to misconduct. A successor judge considered and denied the defendant’s motion for a new trial, concluding that he was able to fulfill his role as “13th juror” despite not personally viewing witness testimony because witness credibility was not an “overriding issue” in the case. The Raybin Perky Hot List has a summary and forecast on all six cases.