Evidence Issues in Baumgartner Case Go to Judge

In the upcoming federal trial of former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner, both sides have a laundry list of details they would like to keep from jurors, but it will be up to U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer to decide what jurors will learn about the many issues involved in Baumgartner’s downfall, reports the News Sentinel. Meanwhile, one of the defendants in a murder case thrown into chaos by Baumgartner’s actions is defending special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, who is overseeing possible retrials of cases heard in Baumgartner’s court. George Thomas, a defendant in the Christian-Newsom case, and his attorney say Blackwood should be kept on the case, arguing he is impartial and has done nothing wrong. Prosecutors have argued for his removal. Read more from WBIR