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Christian-Newsom Torture Continues

04/14/2012

A decision by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals is sure to devastate the family, prosecutors and people close to this case.

Yesterday, the appeals court decided not to take up the appeal by prosecutors and the AG’s office requesting a reversal of Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood order; a ruling which clears the way for Lemaricus Davidson, Letalvis Cobbins and George Thomas to receive new trials for the kidnap, rape, torture and murders of 21 year-old Channon Christian and 23, year-old Chris Newsom, five years ago.

Its gonna be slim pickins from the bottom of the juror barrel for these retrials!

What I fail to comprehend is why are the verdicts of three separate juries being invalidated?  Weeks of listening to some of the most horrific testimony, viewing disturbing photographs, and giving up their lives to perform their duty has just been rubbished.

Is it ok not to review the trial transcripts to ascertain if legal errors were indeed made or that the trials were indeed tainted and unfair?  Yes, the TBI report was 1200 pages of Baumgartner’s bad behavior, but I sincerely doubt it delved into legal decisions made in these trials.

So what gives?  Is this a situation of its a hot, political potato so we’re just gonna bury our heads in the sand?

Additionally, the refusal to take up the appeal has just effectively opened the floodgates, as many of Baumgartner’s one-time convicted suspects can receive new trials.

It will be years and gazillions of bucks before Knox County recovers from this boondoggle. Worse, the Christian and Newsom families will never recover and will continue to be tortured!

As last reported the retrials are scheduled:

June 11 for Lemaricus Davidson

August 27 for Letalvis Cobbins

October 22 for George Thomas

November 12 for Vanessa Coleman

Sources

WBIR

WVLT

KnoxNews

  1. ritanita
    04/14/2012 at 7:26 am | #1

    Naturally, I’m appalled. To think of those two lovely families having to re-live the tortured deaths of their children four more times. These people deserved more consideration, as do the victims of all those others whose trials Baumgartner presided over.

    What the judge did was so criminal and he got a slap on the wrist with his pension.

    He may get to be in recovery, HIS victims do not. All those families, all that pain. It cries injustice.

  2. tezi
    04/16/2012 at 3:26 pm | #2

    I am appalled just like ritanita. Those poor families, having to sit through four more trials, I can’t imagine…

  3. 04/17/2012 at 9:30 am | #3

    Where is the NATIONAL media on this one?

  4. donchais
    04/17/2012 at 10:27 am | #4

    Josephina :

    Where is the NATIONAL media on this one?

    With their heads stuck up their collective butts as they have been for the past 5 years!

  5. David In TN
    04/17/2012 at 12:08 pm | #5

    A few days ago, I emailed Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield and asked her if she had been contacted by any mainstream media people about the Christian-Newsom case and the recent developments in particular. She answered: “No.”

  6. donchais
    04/17/2012 at 12:19 pm | #6

    David In TN :

    A few days ago, I emailed Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield and asked her if she had been contacted by any mainstream media people about the Christian-Newsom
    case and the recent developments in particular. She answered: “No.”

    No surprise there, David. MSM won’t cover what they consider not PC! Shame on them!

  7. tezi
    04/17/2012 at 3:12 pm | #7

    I still can’t figure out why these animals weren’t charged with hate crimes….

  8. donchais
    04/17/2012 at 3:35 pm | #8

    tezi :

    I still can’t figure out why these animals weren’t charged with hate crimes….

    Subject that’s been open to alot of debate…the only two folks who can tell us what was uttered those 2 days are no longer with us, so we’ll never know.

  9. David In TN
    04/27/2012 at 11:27 am | #9

    A few days ago, Jamie Satterfield reported (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/apr/24/judge-declines-to-appoint-counsel-for-letalvis/) that U.S. District Court Judge Tom Varlan rejected a bid by Letalvis Cobbins to have an attorney appointed to litigate his civil rights lawsuit filed against the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and its correctional officers.

    It is standard for criminals of this type to take a swing at jailers to provoke a response and then claim he’s been abused. Cobbins has been doing this since at least 2008.

    By the way, these defendants, and Cobbins in particular, have had the system go to great lengths to give them fair trials. Cobbins received a jury from Nashville for his first trial and escaped the death penalty, which shocked the In Session Talking Heads.

    When Cobbins testified at his trial, he pretty much negated the defense his attorneys had prepared for him. One can hope this can be played back at his upcoming retrial.

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