Emails show special judge sought to block public scrutiny in Christian/Newsom case

Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood removed motions from a court file, ordered prosecutors to make no public mention of them, used email communication in lieu of orders and hearings and favored meetings in chambers over public hearings — all to avoid public scrutiny of his handling of the Christian-Newsom torture-slaying cases, documents show.

Blackwood’s displeasure at media coverage of his decision-making in the cases of four defendants in the January 2007 killings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, is detailed in emails made public as part of an effort by Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols’ office to request that Blackwood step down from the case.


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