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This Tennessee Judge Had Sex And Bought Drugs During Courtroom Breaks

•, News Desk, GlobalPost
 A Tennessee judge and alleged prescription drug addict stands accused of having had sex and buying pills during courtroom breaks, sometimes buying them from people he had previously sentenced himself, according to a new report cited by The Associated Press.
Judge Richard Baumgartner, 64, stepped down over a year ago, admitting to a single instance of misconduct, but the scope of the allegations has ballooned to the point that demands for retrials, releases and reviews could overwhelm the justice system in Knox County, Tennessee’s third largest, according to the news agency.
The AP had reported last month that Baumgartner was under federal investigation. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported last week that Tennessee authorities were prevented from disclosing all of the results of the investigation into Judge Baumgartner.

The AP said the public portions of the file said Judge Baumgartner was an abuser of oxycodone, hydrocodone and generic Xanax and Valium and had sex in chambers with one of his suppliers, a woman named Deena Castleman who is not even half his age and has a history of arrests.

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