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Highlights of TBI file shows depth of judge's addiction

December 2nd, 2011 10:44 am by Jamie Satterfield

Highlights of TBI file shows depth of judge's addiction

KNOXVILLE — This criminal wasn’t just hiding in plain sight. He was wearing a robe.

As Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood outlined at a hearing Thursday the litany of crimes committed by former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner over a period of years, Blackwood also noted just how many people knew something was terribly wrong.

That list included pharmacists, doctors, nurses, deputies, court staff, Knox County’s top prosecutor and his staff members, at least one lawyer, a probation officer and even a fellow judge.

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