Why Were Phone Lines Shut Down in the Monroe County Jail Last Week?


by Sharon Rondeau, first published on Feb. 5 at Gulag Bound

Sheriff Bill Bivens operates the Monroe County jail in Madisonville, TN, where rats have been reported in the kitchen

(Feb. 7, 2012) – The Post & Email has received a report from a visitor to Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who has been incarcerated in the Monroe County jail since December 7, 2011.

We were told that the Madisonville mayor and the “chief inspector of the state, and all the bigwigs” inspected the facility, about which many have reported horrible conditions equated to a “dungeon.”  The source reported that the inspectors went into Fitzpatrick’s cell and said, “That’s Fitzpatrick.”

“That just indicates that between your articles and our letters and our contacting people, we kicked up a storm,” the source said.

Last evening The Post & Email was contacted by an individual in Tennessee who expressed sudden concern for Fitzpatrick’s well-being.

The Post & Email was also told that Fitzpatrick is pleased with paperwork he received last week at the jail, about which we will be reporting in the near future.

The visitor stated that they attempted to visit Fitzpatrick last Wednesday and were” turned away. They said ‘the phones were shut down.’”  However, the report today from Fitzpatrick to the visitor is that the jail staff “shut the phones down because they did not want the word getting out that an inspection was in progress.”

The Post & Email asked, “Do you think they got advance warning of this inspection?” and the visitor answered, “Yes, they knew about it ahead of time.”

The TCI has told us in the recent past that their inspections are unannounced, although we do not know if TCI staff were present at Thursday’s inspection of the Monroe County jail.

We asked the visitor if any “retribution” was taken out against Fitzpatrick following the inspection, and the visitor answered, “No, he did not indicate anything done against him for that purpose.”

Fitzpatrick is looking forward to his release on February 9.

Recently two Monroe County Sheriff’s Department deputies were arrested for spraying pepper spray in a restrained inmate’s eyes, and we are told that the deputies’ spouses, who also worked for the department, were fired as well.

“According to the article, I think it is only the two men who are up on charges,” the visitor said.

Fitzpatrick has claimed that his incarceration is unlawful because the grand juries which indicted him are illegally constructed.

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2 Responses to Why Were Phone Lines Shut Down in the Monroe County Jail Last Week?

  1. "Zeb"

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Agents from the Knoxville FBI office imply that Walt is getting preferential treatment because of his visibility. However, they did not answer why he was serving his time in solitary for having been convicted of a misdemeanor. Regardless, his preferential treatment status should also give him protection from retribution, hopefully. The FBI has been served paperwork that defines Walt’s status so they would be complicit in any untoward action against Walt, having been informed in writing of his condition and potential for being subjected to retribution.

    The FBI monitors the Post & Email on a daily basis in case anyone wishes to give them a message. You may address your concern to either Agent West or Agent Harrell.

    Governor Haslam has been sent a package giving a capsule background on the corruption in Monroe County and leads to validation of that background. A movie was included that shows how a similar county in Kentucky was turned around by a governor appointed special task force. When you next contact the governors office please inquire if they are considering this approach.

    Governor Haslam 615-741-2001

    The person with whom you talk will be a staff employee of the governor. Most of the folks are very caring but have no authority to make things happen. Your goal will be to convince them to get your concern to a person who is responsible, preferably the governor. Be nice! :-)

  2. Moonbeam

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    WTG, Sharon!! Fantastic job by you and Walter’s visitors. God Bless you all.

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