Ruling Allows Baumgartner Trial to Proceed

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley issued a ruling Wednesday turning aside former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner's contention the federal case brought against him earlier this year is fatally flawed, the News Sentinel reports. The decision, if upheld by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer of Greeneville, paves the way for an Oct. 23 trial of Baumgartner on seven felony counts. Baumgartner's lawyers, Donald A. Bosch and Ann Short, had attacked the federal charges on four major fronts, but Shirley rejected them all.