Court Vacates Order for New Trials in Baumgartner Case

The Tennessee Supreme Court today vacated an order granting new trials for three defendants convicted of first-degree murder in trials presided over by former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, saying that defendants had not shown that Baumgartner's misconduct outside the courtroom had affected their trials. The court directed the trial court to "expeditiously reconsider the defendants' motions for new trial under the legal standards" clarified by the high court. Download the order or read a story about the decision from WATE News 5

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