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More fallout: Judge will consider whether child rapist entitled to new trial

December 12th, 2011 2:17 pm by Jamie Satterfield

More fallout: Judge will consider whether child rapist entitled to new trial

KNOXVILLE - Another Knox County criminal conviction is under review for possible retrial, following the recent disclosure of a slew of crimes authorities allege former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner committed while on the bench.

Defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs confirmed at a hearing today he will make the same argument of judicial misconduct by Baumgartner on behalf of convicted child rapist Jayson Bailey.

Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood earlier this month granted new trials for four defendants convicted in the January 2007 torture-slayings of a Knox County couple. Blackwood found that Baumgartner's conduct during the trials resulted in fundamentally flawed trials for the four defendants.

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