published Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Inmate convicted of raping child seeks state files on judge

KNOXVILLE — A man convicted of raping a child is asking for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s files on the judge who sentenced him to 38 years in prison.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner resigned from the bench in March after pleading guilty to buying prescription painkillers from a felon on probation in his court.

In a motion filed Tuesday, Jayson Bailey seeks a copy of the TBI’s files on Baumgartner, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Bailey’s attorney, Gregory Isaacs, also asks that prosecutors not have a say in whether the files are released, claiming they are potential witnesses to the judge’s misconduct.

Bailey was convicted in April 2010.

He vehemently denied the charge and is seeking a new trial.

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