Richard Baumgartner

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files are exempt from Tennessee’s Public Records Act, and look likely to stay that way for now at least.


Letter dated Feb. 27, 2012, from Knox County District Attorney General Randall E. Nichols to Knox County Commission Chairman Mike Hammond: The Honorable Mike Hammond Chairman, Knox County Commission City­ County Building Knoxville, TN 37902 Dear Mr. Chairman: I read in the newspaper that Commission was considering a resolution regarding unsealing the investigative report on former […]


A judicial ethics panel would still be controlled by judges under a plan brought forward by Rep. Vance Dennis. But Sen. Mae Beavers, who has been at the forefront of the movement to reform the Court of the Judiciary, declined to comment on the supposed compromise.


The upper chamber voted 28-0 to ban elected and appointed public officeholders from using a get out of jail free card for misconduct performed on the taxpayers’ time. Three lawmakers abstained, including one who says the state should look at removing diversion for other crimes, too.


The Republican state representative from Kingsport says he’ll push the House Gov-Ops committee to subpoena investigation records into the legislative activities of he and another lawmaker.


Disorder in the Court

by Editorial Staff on December 13, 2011

A prominent Knoxville criminal court judge’s drug-fueled ethical meltdown and subsequent professional downfall could send political and policy aftershocks beyond East Tennessee.