Judicial Crime Wave Update: Richard Baumgartner Second Tennessee Judge Given Lenient Sentence for Drug-Related Charges
During his years as a Criminal Court Judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, Richard Baumgartner sent hundreds of people to prison, many of them convicted on drug or alcohol-related charges or sex offenses. Some of them offered their services to Baumgartner, who had a lengthy history of drug and alcohol addiction – a condition that left him physically and emotionally unable to carry out his official functions.
Deena Castleman was convicted of drug offenses in Baumgartner’s court. She was also one of several convicts who supplied narcotics to the judge. Castleman, who was half the married judge’s age, would also provide sexual favors to the judge during breaks between court sessions.