Former Knox County judge appeals pension loss

4:45 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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A former Knox County judge, who was convicted on federal felony charges, is appealing the loss of his state pension.

A jury convicted Richard Baumgartner in November 2012 on six counts of misprision of a felony. That means that he knowingly lied to cover up his knowledge of a crime.

The state immediately stopped Baumgartner's pension payments due to the verdicts.

According to state law, an elected or appointed official is not eligible for his or her pension if convicted of a felony that stems from their position or official capacity.

However, in a letter to the state filed on January 3, 1013, Baumgartner argues his federal conviction is not for charges having to do with his former employment as a judge.

Baumgartner's attorneys filed to appeal the federal conviction a few weeks after his trial ended. A judge has not yet made a decision on that matter.

Baumgartner is set to be sentenced in March 2013.  It is unclear when the state will make a decision on the pension appeal.

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