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Knox County Commission wants state leaders to intervene, release TBI file on fallen judge

Mike Donilla • Feb 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

KNOXVILLE — Knox County commissioners want officials to release the entire state investigation into disgraced Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner so they're turning to the governor and the Tennessee General Assembly for help.

On Monday, they're expected to adopt a resolution that asks state leaders to first request the case files. From there, commissioners say, they hope officials will enact legislation that removes exemption for closed Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files "in matters considered to be of great public importance."

"I think everybody is upset about the fact that there are so many questions about this (case)," said commission Chairman Mike Hammond, the resolution sponsor. "What do they know and when did they know it? There's no way we're going to get the answers unless we have the file."

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