Letters Urge Leniency for Former Judge Baumgartner

In the run-up to former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner’s April 10 sentencing on five counts of misprision of a felony for lying to cover up his mistress’ involvement in a federal drug conspiracy, defense attorneys have filed dozens of letters in support of probation for their client. Among the letters, according to Knoxnews, is a handwritten note from retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert P. Murrian, a former colleague of U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer, who will determine Baumgartner’s fate. Others writing in support of the defense are former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Penny White, Knoxville Bar Association Committee Chairman William Vines III and attorneys John K. Harber and Al Harb.