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Fight over probation for Baumgartner continues

5:45 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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Prosecutors are defending their claim that former Knox County judge Richard Baumgartner should face harsher penalties for his conviction.

In March, Baumgartner's attorneys filed motions saying his conduct did not disrupt government functioning, that his sentence should fall between zero and six months, and that he get probation.

Baumgartner was found guilty on 5 out of 6 counts of "misprision of a felony" or knowing about a felony and not reporting it.  He could face one to three years for each of the guilty charges.

While a Criminal Court judge, Baumgartner oversaw cases while he was abusing prescription painkillers, and he allowed drug trafficking to occur without reporting it.

Baumgartner is set to be sentenced on April 10th in Greeneville

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