May 15, 2012
Department of Justice
United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee
Richard R. Baumgartner Indicted On Federal Charges
Former Judge Accused of Misprision of a Felony
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a seven-count indictment on May 15, 2012, against former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard R. Baumgartner, 65, of Knoxville, Tenn., charging him with seven counts of misprision of a felony.
Baumgartner appeared in court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges in the indictment. He was released pending trial, which has been set for July 18, 2012, in U.S. District Court, in Knoxville.
The indictment, a copy of which is attached, alleges that Baumgartner, while having actual knowledge of the commission of violations of federal drug trafficking laws, did not report the commission of those crimes and committed acts of concealment in attempts to enable a particular member of the conspiracy to continue to engage in the crimes.
If convicted, Baumgartner faces a term of three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.
This indictment is the result of an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Lewen, Jr. and Zachary Bolitho will represent the United States.
Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.