- Law Cases
by Todd Joseph Sweet, ©2013
(Jan. 28, 2013) — [Editor's Note: In The Post & Email's continuing coverage of judicial corruption in Tennessee, the following is Part 5 of a series written by inmate Todd Joseph Sweet in which he relates his experiences with the Monroe County Criminal Court, Sheriff's Department, and the legal research he has performed in his own defense.
A hearing on Sweet's petition for post-conviction relief was held on Monday, although The Post & Email has been told by an observer that Sweet was not made aware of it.
Sweet and others have reported systemic jury-rigging, judicial malfeasance, and altered court transcripts produced by employees of the court. Eastern Tennessee has long been a haven for politically-connected individuals who, once elected, retain office while intimidating and even physically harming their constituents. False arrests, police brutality and long-serving grand jury foremen are the norm, as the U.S. Department of Justice will not act, as it failed to act during the 1940s prior to the Battle of Athens.
As of August 2011, the FBI was reportedly investigating public corruption in the neighboring state of Georgia, but not in Tennessee.]