Christian-Newsom – Trials Going Nowhere Fast
After the fiery June 14 hearing, Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has issued a new order that throws out new trials for Lemaricus Davidson and Letalvis Cobbins. The retrial order for George Thomas still stands.
The Tennessee Supreme Court overruled Blackwood’s order granting new trials after they concluded that there was no evidence Baumgartner’s drug abuse outside of the courtroom affected the outcome of the cases. Blackwood then cited the 13th juror role and again ordered new trials on June 5.
Blackwood’s new order, issued Wednesday, indicates he has decided to review the transcripts of the Davidson and Cobbins trials. He set a hearing date of August 17 to announce his decision.
Call me crazy, but shouldn’t that transcript review have been done before all this mess?
The new order also addressed the prosecution motion for Blackwood to recuse himself.
Prosecutors claim Blackwood is too emotionally invested in the case and couldn’t follow the supreme court’s instruction.
Blackwood’s “reliance on ex parte communication during this litigation undermines confidence in its fairness and impartiality.”
Blackwood’s “lack of candor with the local media has failed to promote the public confidence in the integrity of this court.”
One of the more troublesome arguments is “new guidance by the Tennessee Supreme Court suggest the motion to recuse should be addressed first before any further action is taken in the case.”
Blackwood has set a hearing for October 8 when he will decide whether or not he will step aside, well after he will issue a decision on new trials. The timing of the recusal hearing means the prosecution cannot appeal!