Judge Dismisses 1 Count in Baumgartner Trial

One felony count was dismissed against former Judge Richard Baumgartner today, according to WATE. While the defense had filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the whole case, Judge Ronnie Greer dismissed just one count, which related to a conversation in which Baumgartner allegedly made material misrepresentations about his mistress to an Anderson County judge. The presiding judge said there was not sufficient evidence on that issue for a rational jury to find elements of evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Closing arguments in the case are scheduled for Tuesday morning.