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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 21, 2013

Parents of a young couple killed in a brutal Knoxville murder are meeting with lawmakers to push for drug screening for judges, WATE reports. They have found a champion in state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, who is sponsoring a bill with Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, to call for drug testing of all Tennessee judges. But Knox County Circuit Court Judge Dale Workman says drug testing may be a waste of taxpayer dollars. He argues that the actions of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner, which resulted in retrials in the Christian-Newsom murders, was the first case of a judge's personal behavior affecting the outcome of a Knox County court case. He also does not think drug testing will achieve the intended result. In Baumgartner’s case, for example, he was misusing prescription drugs. All a judge would have to say is “Yeah, I have the prescription,” and then what are you going to do, he asks.