Former Judge Richard Baumgartner
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Recent News In Christian-Newsom Case
This past week, there were three developments in the Christian-Newsom case.
First, the Tennessee Attorney General appealed directly to the Tennessee State Supreme Court to block the retrials of three of the defendants. They are not contesting the retrial of the fourth, Vanessa Coleman.
Second, former Judge Richard Baumgartner, was arrested on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, by the FBI. He was brought into federal court in shackles and was charged with seven federal counts that allege he failed to report felonious activity. In March 2011, Baumgartner was forced to resign the bench after pleading guilty in state court to buying prescription drugs from probationers in his own court.
Third, on Thursday May 17th, 2012, a motions hearing was heard concerning the retrial of Vanessa Coleman. When she is tried again, victim Christopher Newsom's name won't be on the indictment. If her attorney, Ted Lavit, has his way, it will be as if Chris Newsom never existed.
Coleman was acquitted of all charges relating to Newsom, and was convicted of facilitation only, of Channon Christian's rape and murder. On the other hand, facilitation will be easier to prove. Remember the diary?
The trial date for the ringleader, Lemaricus Davidson, had been June 11th, 2012. It may be delayed by the latest appeal. My feeling is the retrials will go on. Baumgartner's latest arrest will make the Tennessee Supreme Court even more likely to reject the appeal.