Former Tenn. Judge Arrested On Federal Charges

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee judge who authorities say was addicted to prescription painkillers has been arrested on federal charges in Knox County.

Kristin Helm, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said former Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was arrested Tuesday afternoon by TBI agents at the intersection of Asheville Highway and State Route 168.

Helm said she could not release the charges he was arrested on because his case was still under seal but said he was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.


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