ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A CITIZEN’S ARREST AND WAS HIMSELF ARRESTED
by JB Williams, ©2010
(Apr. 6, 2010) — At approximately 11:48 AM ET today, Walter Fitzpatrick was released from Monroe County custody on $1500 bond.
On Thursday, April 1, Fitzpatrick had attempted to serve a citizen’s arrest against several members of the Monroe County Grand Jury, including a sitting judge, claiming that the foreman, Gary Pettway, has been serving illegally for the last 25 years in violation of the state statute which permits grand jury foremen to serve for two-year terms. A report prepared by the US Grand Jury Institute on the matter can be found here.
Fitzpatrick was then arrested by the Sheriff’s Department outside the courthouse and incarcerated. Reportedly, charges were not formally drawn up until Friday or Saturday.
Further updates will be posted as events unfold. Previous coverage of the incident can be found here.