TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 24, 2018
Richard Baumgartner, who served for 19 years as Knox County Criminal Court judge before resigning amidst a drug scandal, died yesterday, Knoxnews reports. He was 70. A New York native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Law and started his practice in Knoxville as a defense attorney. He was appointed to the Criminal Court bench in 1992, a position he held until 2011, when he resigned and pleaded guilty to misconduct for buying pain pills from a felon on probation in his court. He served a six-month sentence for lying to investigators. He had presided over numerous high-profile cases, including that of “black widow” Raynella Dossett Leath and one of the trials of the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.