Criminal Court judge was ‘addicted to drugs for years, had sex during court breaks and bought pills from convicts he’d sentenced. Guess which political party he belonged to then read here for confirmation and more details on this travesty of justice. Meanwhile we have to wonder how many asked him “is that a banana under your robe your honor? Or are you happy to see me?”

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Neo-7 April 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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If you read the article , you will find out that this is the judge involved in the Channon Christian and Christopher Newman case . They were carjacked , kidnapped then sexually tortured then killed . This case was probably blackedout except for local news due to the animals involved and the nature of the crime . If this would’ve been a white on black horrific crime then the coverage would’ve been better .

Now these animal’s case is starting all over due to this low life judge .

hmmm April 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

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I’m not too sure. It probably didn’t get a lot of air time due to the extremely Gruesome and disturbing nature of the crime.

flashingscotsman April 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

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Gruesome and disturbing doesn’t discourage news play. Partisan politics does.

hmmm April 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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I understand. That is a strong possibility. Did you read what exactly happened to those poor kids? It is quite nauseating to say the least. It might be very hard for it to air on TV since a lot of the description may have to be censored.

flashingscotsman April 5, 2012 at 8:08 am

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I did read about it. And what sickens me is that there are people who would protest the execution of their killers.

EXFED4 April 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

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Neo-7: “If this would’ve been a white on black horrific crime then the coverage would’ve been better.”

Just like when it was a “white Hispanic”….

Navyvet April 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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Despite this assholes criminal behavior, and despite the hundreds of millions this will cost the taxpayers, he gets off with a tap on the wrist by his fellow “judges”. Slimeballs all.

Neo-7 April 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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And most importantly , he keeps his pension . Shame on us for letting all this crap happen .

Notsosilent April 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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Pull off a judge’s Robe and a ton of dirty shit will come falling out…

poppajoe49 April 5, 2012 at 6:21 am

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Navyvet, there is a more plausible explaination as to why he got off so easy:

A 1977 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law, Baumgartner, a Democrat, ran for a judgeship in 1990 and lost. Close friend and fellow Democrat Randy Nichols campaigned to be Knox County District Attorney General in 1982 but lost to Republican Ed Dossett.

RKae April 5, 2012 at 1:34 am

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What happens when everyone’s resume looks like this guy’s? (Isn’t this where we get the Bill Clinton argument? “As long as he does his job, his private life is none of our business!”)

It’s like when employment experts say, “Don’t put drunken pictures and obnoxious comments on your Facebook page, because potential employers check that stuff!” Yeah? Well, what happens when everyone’s page looks like that? It becomes the norm; it doesn’t shock anyone anymore, and there you are: cultural sewer.

This judge is a bellwether. Prepare yourself.

pink Floyd April 5, 2012 at 4:26 am

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“Well, what happens when everyone’s page looks like that?”

The company that I work for was recently looking for another software engineer. They went through more than 50 applicants before settling on one candidate. This fellow is nice enough and does his job to the best of his ability, but the only reason that he was hired is that he was the only one that DID NOT have some sort of criminal record.

RKae, you are correct in wondering what society is to do when NO ONE has morals, ethics or values. I believe that what goes on in one’s personal life is no one’s business, but when you are having sex during break time and buying your drugs from people that you are expected to punish, you have compromised your ability to perform your duties.

RKae April 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

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Problem is: there’s no such thing as “personal life.” We said for years “Whatever you do in the privacy of your own home blah, blah, blah,” and what happened? They screamed, “I don’t want to do it in the privacy of my own home because it just so happens I’m damned proud of it! How dare you shame me and tell me to keep it indoors and quiet!”

East_TN_Patriot April 5, 2012 at 6:04 am

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I live in Knoxville where this case took place. There is significant local outrage over the crimes, the lack of national media coverage, and corruption on the part of the judge. What gets left out is that the prosecutors and several court employees knew it was going on and took no steps to intervene. Now these crime victims are left dealing with the mess. Knoxville and Knox County have a long history of political corruption and cronyism. I’m sad to say that I don’t think it will be changing anytime soon. Even Knoxville’s new “progressive” mayor essentially left city government leadership intact. Knoxville’s former mayor is now Governor, and he is a Republican. Corruption crosses party lines folks, and both major parties have plenty of it to go around.