But retrials were ordered for all the state-court convicted defendants
after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into Judge Baumgartner’s
activities revealed that he had, over the course of several years, been
illegally buying and abusing prescription painkillers in his chambers.
The investigation revealed Judge Baumgartner was likely under the
influence of drugs when he presided over the Christian/Newsom trials,
and many other cases.
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