- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 3, 2012) — At 12:55 p.m. EST, an eyewitness to the trial of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III reported that a lunch break had ensued from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. after Assistant District Attorney Paul D. Rush presented arguments for the prosecution in the Monroe County, TN Criminal Court. The trial began at 9:00 a.m.
Fitzpatrick is accused of “tampering with government records” on December 7, 2011.
The eyewitness reported that a video purportedly made of Fitzpatrick removing the documents from the courtroom is expected to be shown. Although referred to by the prosecution previously, the video has not been aired publicly to date. Screen shots purportedly from the video have been given to the jurors.
Martha M. Cook, the court clerk, stated at an October 3 hearing that the papers in question were “not public records.”
Atty. Van Irion has not presented his arguments for the defense as of press time. The eyewitness sensed that the trial might go beyond one day.
Irion is founder of Liberty Legal Foundation, which advocates for re-establishing the U.S. Constitution as the basis of the American legal system.