TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on May 23, 2012

Attorneys for three defendants granted new trials in the wake of allegations that former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was involved in inappropriate and unethical activity while presiding over cases, are urging the Tennessee Supreme Court to reject the state's emergency appeal request. The state has challenged a decision by Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood to grant the new trials, arguing there is no evidence of actual prejudice against the defendants or any flaws in Baumgartner's rulings before and during the trials. The state Court of Criminal Appeals has already rejected the state's appeal request. According to the News Sentinel, there is no timetable for when the high court must render a decision.