DA Randy Nichols hid signs of ex-judge Richard Baumgartner’s misdeeds, attorneys contend
Right motion. Wrong judge.
So says defense attorneys in a biting response to the state’s bid to push Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood off the bench in one of Knoxville’s most horrific criminal cases — the torture slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.
Defense attorneys Tom Dillard and Stephen Ross Johnson are firing back at Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols’ allegations of unethical conduct by Blackwood with accusations of their own: Nichols and his staff hid information about then-presiding JudgeRichard Baumgartner‘s misdeeds while Baumgartner was still on the bench handling the Christian/Newsom case.