Judge Temporarily Blocks Release of Baumgartner File

U.S. Magistrate Clifford Shirley temporarily blocked the release of a file detailing the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s probe of former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, who resigned amid a prescription painkiller scandal. The families of torture-slaying victims Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom and the Knoxville News Sentinel have been fighting to make the file public but have been stymied by a state law specifically exempting TBI files from the Open Records Act.