Criminal Justice

Jury Convicts Former Tenn. Judge of Lying to Cover Up Prescription Drug Conspiracy

A federal jury in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday convicted a former criminal court judge there of lying to cover up a prescription drug conspiracy that reportedly involved some defendants in the court system.

After deliberating for four days, the jury convicted Richard Baumgartner on five counts of misprision of a felony, WVLT reports.

Lawyers for Baumgartner said he plans to appeal the conviction. He could get up to three years and a $250,000 fine on each count when he is sentenced in March.

Hat tip: Associated Press.

Earlier coverage: “Federal Judge Axes 1 Count in Drug Cover-up Case of Ex-Tenn. Jurist, Calls Proof In Others ‘Slim’”

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