Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood
Special Judge Sought To Block Public Scrutiny in Christian-Newsom Case!
Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield writes: "Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood removed motions from a court file, ordered prosecutors to make no public mention of them, used email communication in lieu of orders and hearings and favored meetings in chambers over public hearings-all to avoid public scrutiny of his handling of the Christian-Newsom torture-slaying cases, documents show."
In a brief interview on Knoxville's NBC affiliate, Christopher Newsom's parents called for Judge Blackwood to step down.
I've been a reader of Trials & Tribulations since the two Phil Spector trials. I had exchanged a few emails with Sprocket. Three years ago I told her about the carjacking, torture and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in Knoxville, Tennessee. The trials of the four defendants were about to start and she asked me to write about them. Now, in 2012, there is still no end in sight. The Knoxville News-Sentinel article above also reports:
Meanwhile, the defendants are seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of Tennessee's high court ruling should Blackwood either deny new trials or the state appeal Blackwood's anticipated ruling granting new trials, according to a motion also filed late last week. In that motion, the defendants are asking for a delay in new trials should the state appeal.