Special judge urges Knox legal community to report judicial misconduct

The message delivered this week to Knoxville’s legal community was clear — police your judges.

“There is a canon of both the (state) Board of Professional Responsibility as well as a canon of judicial ethics that it is a mandatory duty to report a lawyer or judge whenever their fitness is called into question,” Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood said Thursday in a hearing over the continued fallout from revelations that former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was himself a criminal.



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