State suspends former Judge Baumgartner's law license

State suspends former Judge Baumgartner's law license


KNOXVILLE (AP) - The state board that oversees attorneys has suspended the law license of former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner, who pleaded guilty to buying drugs from a felon under his jurisdiction.

The state Board of Professional Responsibility took the action against Baumgartner on Thursday.

Baumgartner resigned from the Knox County Criminal Court on March 10 in a plea bargain that spared him conviction and allowed him to keep his pension.

A statement by the board said the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered the panel to begin an investigation that could lead to the disbarment of Baumgartner.

If the board disbars him, Baumgartner would not be able to practice as an attorney in Tennessee.

The suspension remains in effect until it is dissolved or amended by order of the state Supreme Court.

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