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Former Knox judge's punishment: Imprisonment or probation?

Jamie Satterfield • Mar 14, 2013 at 7:36 AM

KNOXVILLE — When a federal judge next month decides what punishment to dole out to a once-respected jurist turned convicted felon, he must choose between two contrasting images — betrayer of public trust or repentant sinner.

In the run-up to the April 10 sentencing of former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, both sides filed on Wednesday sentencing memorandums laying out their respective positions on what fate he should suffer.

Baumgartner was convicted in October of five counts of misprision of a felony for lying to various judicial officers, including fellow judges and a prosecutor, to cover up his mistress’ involvement in a federal drug conspiracy

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