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Christian-Newsom Murders No Longer About Justice



It’s about egos…too many egos.  First, Richard Baumgartner repeatedly broke the law, not only believing he wouldn’t get caught, but also felt he was above the law!  Shame on him.  Now the dirt on Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is coming out.  He too appears to think as a judge, he is above the law and the morals and ethics his office carries.  I have serious doubts of his concern that Channon Christian and Chris Newsom and their families receive justice.

The State Supreme Court directed Blackwood to articulate sound legal reasoning for his decision to grant new trials.  Quite frankly, he didn’t.  In fact, he had already made up his mind to proceed, not based on any sound legal argument, but based on his personal opinion and emotion!  Pretty much, he is saying, I’m ordering a retrial without having to prove squat.

All the recent brouhaha about granting the defendants new trials has shed light on to what lengths Blackwood will go.  In his wisdom, or lack thereof, Blackwood has decided the public and media shouldn’t have access to information or proceedings in the case.

The following passages can be found in Jamie Satterfield’s Knox News article, Emails show special judge sought to block public scrutiny in Christian/Newsom case

“…Blackwood removed motions from a court file, ordered prosecutors to make no public mention of them, used email communication in lieu of orders and hearings and favored meetings in chambers over public hearings — all to avoid public scrutiny of his handling of the Christian-Newsom torture-slaying cases, documents show.”

Assistant District Attorney General Leland Price and Assistant District Attorney General TaKisha Fitzgerald filed two motions in which they argued new trials were not warranted given the state Supreme Court’s ruling.

In an email sent May 29, Blackwood wrote that he was removing those motions from the public file.

“No public reference should be made to them,” he wrote.

Sure, just keep the bits and pieces you like and toss everything else!

Instead of hearings and written orders, Blackwood decided to communicate by email.

“Unless the media hacks our emails, this precludes discussion from the public and any accompanying outcry from the legal scholars in this community known as ‘bloggers,’ ” Blackwood wrote.

The legal scholars in the community are known as bloggers, huh?

“I’ve grown weary over the last several months with the number of legal experts that are associated with the mass media here in Knox County.” He also stated in the email that he wanted to discuss the possibility that, in other cases potentially impacted by the TBI probe of Baumgartner, “live witnesses” might be called.

“I certainly would prefer to do so in chambers outside the peering eyes of the media,” he wrote.

Why?  What do you have to be afraid of and hide?


It has just been reported an order HAS been filed ordering new trials for the defendants.  No word on the recusal motion.


  1. ritanita
    06/06/2012 at 2:18 pm

    Sigh, this guy is so skeevy. Come on, prosecution, write that motion and file it yesterday. I’m thinking that they are giving him just a bit more room to hang himself over this issue.

  2. donchais
    06/06/2012 at 2:37 pm

    Pros has already filed multiple motions…defense has now gone to the US Supreme Court to look at what’s going on to postpone the retrials…this will not end soon enough for Channon, Chris, or the families…I am so angry at the apparent good, ol’ boy bullshit and backroom politics…something is rotten in the TN judicial system and it has thrown itself into the national spotlight by it’s arrogance and ineptitude!!!

  3. Jo
    06/06/2012 at 6:21 pm

    I was trying to find this judge’s age (65 now) and came across this article:


    In it he said this while sentencing someone.

    “The art of being honest is the only requirement the public has the right to expect from public officials. Honesty starts at the top.”

    I guess it is telling that he feels ONLY honesty is to be expected by us peons. But how “honest” is he being with himself and others. I agree with you 100%. He is arrogant and how DARE anyone tell HIM what he should and shouldn’t do. Does anyone know if he can be held in contempt for not following the State’s Supreme Court edict? Why have a Supreme Court decision if a judge can thumb his nose at it. Ironically, on a side-bar on the link there was another article of a judge who recused himself from a case because of a blogger urging letters to do so and several other judges also recused themselves because: “parents” (of the accused) “are well-known to the judges in this county.” So again, you hit it on the head. Something is indeed rotten with the Tenn. judicial system. Disgraceful!

  4. donchais
    06/06/2012 at 6:48 pm

    “The art of being honest is the only requirement the public has the right to expect from public officials. Honesty starts at the top.”

    And what part of that statement has this miscreant forgotten? I, as all taxpayers, have far more rights and expect a hell of a lot more! Honesty is NOT an art…it’s a requirement and something the public deserves and expects from it’s elected or appointed officials…this clown has made a mockery of the the system and public trust.

    It’s almost fitting that the end to his career will crash and burn and go down in flames just as Baumgartners!!!

    Maybe, just maybe, Channon and Chris, in their brutal torture and murders, were meant to expose this entire travesty! God bless their families for having to endure this bullshit!

  5. ritanita
    06/07/2012 at 6:22 am

    The Supreme Court chastized him, and he is having a massive judicial temper tantrum. Us bloggers are at fault here! Good!

    Read the transcripts, Blackwood, base your judgement on facts, not gut instinct. Gut instinct has no place here.

    He needs to do the right thing or sink his career. He needs to respect the Supreme Court.

    The Christian and Newsome families deserve justice in all of this. Why is he so eager to pick off the rough scabs that have just started to form on their broken hearts?

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