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Christian-Newsom – Some Light Is Shed On Blackwood And Baumgartner


As anyone who reads here knows, I have expressed some strong opinions and anger at the current situation with these retrials.  Am I still opinionated?  Am I still angry?  Yes!  However, some of that has shifted after I had the good fortune on Friday to participate in a Live Chat with KnoxNews reporter Jamie Satterfield.

Jamie answered a lot of the questions that have been gnawing at most of us for some time.  Her responses were knowledgeable and professional and she provided clarity to some of the many issues that have muddied the waters surrounding this case.

Ms. Satterfield’s opinion of Judge Blackwood is he has always been a fair-minded judge, however she believes he is frustrated for being demonized for having to do this unpleasant job.

Also, a big reason we are in this mess is while Baumgartner was seeking a deal, he was holding the bench and the Christian/Newsom cases hostage. The goal was to get him off the bench and, possibly, save those cases.

The prosecution will likely appeal the retrial decision again, so with the exception of the Coleman trial, chances are, the other trials won’t occur until next year.

There was a lot of good exchange and you can read the transcript here: Reporter chat with Jamie Satterfield on Judge Blackwood

Take a few minutes to read the transcript and hopefully, something may become clearer for you, as well!

  1. ritanita
    06/17/2012 at 11:47 am

    Donchais, thank you for this new perspective on the awful situation. I read the chat, and I have to give kudos to Jamie Satterfield for helping explain this terribly complex situation.

    I have a more than sneaking suspicion that there are even more “bad facts” about the whole Baumgartner situation tthat we will never know.

    It’s a terrible shame that the Christian and Newsome families have to be those who end up suffering the most. My heart, as always, is with them.

    I was heartened to read that Blackwood said he would reconsider the two cases where there was DNA evidence. If he changes his mind on those, then there would only be two new trials.

  2. donchais
    06/17/2012 at 12:20 pm

    Yup, Jamie did a great job that was sorely needed at this time! This ain’t over yet!

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