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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 25, 2012

Prosecution and defense attorneys gave opening statements this morning in the trial of former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner. According to, U.S. attorneys said they will prove that Baumgartner used his power and influence as a judge to cover up the crimes of his mistress Deena Castleman. They also revealed that Baumgartner's former judicial assistant and court clerk of 15 years will testify against him. The defense said it will explain "honest reasons why Baumgartner said what he said and did what he did" for Castleman. Baumgartner won't deny his pill addiction or the relationship with Castleman, but will fight the allegation that he covered up her involvement in a drug conspiracy.