Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner listens to court proceedings in 2011. A finding that Baumgarner was high on prescription pills during the last two years of his career is calling into question convictions in many of the criminal cases he handled. Baumgartner stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct.
Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner listens to court proceedings in 2011. A finding that Baumgarner was high on prescription pills during the last two years of his career is calling into question convictions in many of the criminal cases he handled. Baumgartner stepped down from the bench and pleaded guilty in March 2011 to a single count of official misconduct.
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published Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee judge was so addicted to prescription drugs during his final two years on the bench, he was having sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, at times purchasing from convicts he had previously sentenced, an investigation found. His behavior has called into question many of the cases he presided over, including one of Knoxville's most notorious murders.

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