Jurors find Baumgartner guilty on five counts, not guilty on one

Jurors find Baumgartner guilty on five counts, not guilty on one

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Baumgartner had no comment as he left the courthouse Friday. Baumgartner had no comment as he left the courthouse Friday.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Jurors in the trial of former Judge Richard Baumgartner found him guilty on five of six charges Friday afternoon.

The former judge was found guilty on Counts 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7. He was found not guilty on Count 2.

The guilty counts were on charges that Baumgartner made material misrepresentations about Deena Castleman to an Anderson County judge, Knox County judge, the transitional housing director of the YWCA, a Knox County magistrate and a Knox County assistant district attorney general.

He was found not guilty on the charge of making material representations about Castleman to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital.

The forewoman in the case, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to 6 News about the verdict.

She said the jury did not take the decision lightly and knew the public was frustrated with the time it took to reach a verdict, but that they just wanted to make sure they reached a correct conclusion.

"It was hard because we couldn't just say he's guilty of one but not the others," she told 6 News.

She said the jury responded to each charge carefully, but didn't expect deliberations to take as long as they did.

Baumgartner's attorney Donald Bosch said he and his client plan to appeal the ruling.

"We appreciate the hard work the jury has done in this case, and clearly they have struggled with the result," Bosch said in a statement. "With that said, there are a number of critical issues that have been raised throughout this prosecution, and we will be appealing the five guilty verdicts."

Prosecutors said the ruling was appropriate, given the former judge's actions.

"The facts of this case were highly publicized and clearly tarnished the image of the criminal justice system in the eyes of the public," said U.S. Attorney William C. Killian. "This conviction demonstrates that those in public office who violate the law and abuse the public trust will be held accountable for their actions."

Baumgartner's sentencing was scheduled for March 27 at 9:00 a.m. He faces a sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count of conviction.

During their deliberations the jury had questions about evidence and how to reach an agreement on the burden of proof.

The jury started deliberations Tuesday after nearly a week of testimony.

They were to decide the verdict on six counts of misprision of a felony related to accusations Baumgartner had concealed up a drug conspiracy to continue to receive pills and sex.

During the trial the judge dismissed a seventh count, ruling that there was not evidence for the jury to convict Baumgartner beyond reasonable doubt.

In March 2011, Baumgartner pleaded guilty to official misconduct and resigned from the bench.

The former judge was then arrested in May 2012 on the seven counts of misprision of a felony.

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