Former Knox Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was in Federal District Court in Greeneville yesterday.
He sat there as the Defendant, convicted of five felonies and awaiting sentencing.
He told the Judge that his conduct was "pathetic."
His attorneys maintained that the public shame and loss of his pension were punishment enough for the Judge who used his mistress to obtain pills and then lied to cover up his actions--all the while sitting on the bench presiding over criminal trials in Knox County and sentencing others to jail or prison.
Federal prosecutors pushed for at least two years in prison, citing the chaos and costs and toll on the lives of the victims and families of victims of cases over which Baumgartner presided.
The Knox News-Sentinel has the story here
The Sentinel also has a video history here.
For a recap of prior posts on the saga of Richard Baumgartner, click here.