KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in the case of disgraced former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner.
WATE-TV reports that four people were dismissed Tuesday morning from a pool of nearly 130. One was let go when he said he wouldn't be able to separate what he already knows about the highly publicized case from the evidence presented. The federal case needs 12 jurors and two alternates.
Baumgartner resigned in 2011 amid an investigation of claims he used a drug court graduate and a felon on probation in his drug court to acquire prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to official misconduct.
The U.S. Attorney's Office indicted him in May on charges of misprision of a felony for lying to cover up a drug conspiracy involving his pill-supplier and mistress.
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