SO HOW LONG UNTIL THE FBI ARRIVES?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 28, 2010) — A telephone call from Walter Fitzpatrick at the Monroe County jail at 7:15 p.m. yielded the following discoveries:
LCDR FITZPATRICK: This is huge. It was a rumor before but was substantiated last night: Mr. Pettway was here in the jailhouse in March 2010 to try to extract a confession from a man named Bubba Cozart. At the time, Bubba Cozart was accused of a burglary of a local fast food chain called SONIC. Mr. Pettway, the grand jury foreman, came into the jailhouse, the booking room, and Mr. Cozart was brought to the booking room by deputy sheriffs. There were deputy sheriffs in the room at the time who observed and witnessed Mr. Pettway’s attempt as the foreman of the grand jury to extract a confession from Mr. Cozart regarding the robbery of the SONIC restaurant.
Mr. Cozart was eventually cleared of those charges. He’s here tonight still as an inmate on another charge or charges. He related the story to me himself last night personally. As I said, this was rumored before, but now it’s confirmed.
That’s the hard news. Now what follows is speculation; I’m guessing at what’s going on here: This is part of the reason why I’ve been locked up. This is part of the reason why Judge Ross had me arrested for a charge of “riot” on a citizen’s arrest. The citizen’s arrest was on 1 April. Mr. Pettway’s adventure into the jailhouse was in March. If there is any investigation into Mr. Pettway’s conduct as a grand jury foreman, it’s going to reveal that Mr. Pettway, as a court-appointed and judge-appointed officer of the court, is coming into the jailhouse and trying to harvest cases for a corrupt judiciary. He’s become a law enforcement officer and has come over here and extracted confessions from people. That’s highly against the law; you can’t do that.
Mr. Pettway said to me last October, in 2009, that he himself represents the grand jury in total; he himself stands as the full grand jury. So for him to come over here and represent himself as someone who is trying to extract a confession by interrogating an inmate on a criminal event, just by himself, is absolutely obscenely illegal. Sheriff Bivens knows about this; the judges know about this; everybody who’s involved in this knows about this, and I believe they’re not concerned about getting caught because they’ve been doing this over and over and over again for years and years and years. And this comes back to the comment that Judge Carroll L. Ross made from the bench during my arraignment on the 28th of June 2010 when he said, “Gary Pettway is doing a great job for us.”
Gary Pettway has come to the booking room to interrogate inmates about alleged crimes all by himself. That’s extraordinarily criminal. Pettway is judge-appointed; I believe that Pettway has worked other cases in this way; he’s harvesting locals and getting them to a corrupt judiciary. I believe that all concerned in the courthouse are very comfortable with Pettway’s criminal escapade. I believe that this has been going on and on, but we now have Mr. Pettway caught in a criminal act. And this is the kind of stuff they’ve been doing with the grand jury foreman. So it’s not just the fact that he is part of the grand jury in 2010 after 19 years; he’s conducting himself criminally in these kinds of criminal investigations. Of course, there was no attorney present when Mr. Pettway came over to interrogate the inmate. This is what’s going on, Sharon. This is what’s happening.
MRS. RONDEAU: As you’ve said before, there is nowhere for an accused person in Monroe County to go. There’s no attorney, and there’s nowhere to go to file a complaint against this.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Right, and these types of things are not being reported publicly in the local community. This is huge, Sharon. And as I say, there’s reason to believe that Mr. Pettway has been doing this over and over again for 20 years. That’s what’s been going on.
I will remind you that we have to get the word out about the grand jury being selected for 2011 in these coming days of December, so people have to find out when that’s going to happen, and they have to be there to watch every detail of the selection process.
Also, there’s word today that there are community flyers; you and the others have been pivotal in getting out a community flyer in large distribution which is taking The Post & Email news and handing it out to local establishments throughout Monroe County.
I was also told today that people who come here, as I did, to visit an inmate, were chased away by Officers Trent Prock and Pat Williams. Other people have come to this facility to visit someone and they’ve been chased away. Mr. Ellington’s brother was here to try and conduct business, and he was chased away by the sheriff.
On another event, and this is big, Sheriff Bivens came across the street himself. This happened just a few days ago, although I’m not sure which day. Sheriff Bivens came across the street to chase away a person who was standing out in front of the jailhouse, and it was an FBI agent.
MRS. RONDEAU: Really?
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Yes. And the FBI agent told Sheriff Bivens, “Go away. I can stay here; I can be here as long as I want.” So an FBI agent has actually been here to take a look at the building, at least, and Sheriff Bivens tried to make him go away. Of course, he didn’t go away.
Mr. Pettway has conducted himself in a criminal event by coming over here to not only interrogate an inmate without the presence of an attorney, but to try and extract a confession for a crime the inmate did not commit. He was cleared of this later. This is huge, because if Pettway did it once, he’s done it before. Sheriff Bivens knows about this; Judge Carroll L. Ross knows about this; Judge Reedy knows about this; J. Reed Dixon knows about this; this is why they’re trying to deflect attention away from the grand jury and what Mr. Pettway has been doing. Mr. Pettway can be arrested for this tonight.
So you can notify the FBI at any time that you choose, or have anybody else notify the FBI, that Gary Pettway has been in the jailhouse, in the booking room, trying to extract a confession from an inmate named Bubba Cozart.
MRS. RONDEAU: When you figure how long Gary Pettway has been in his “job,” so to speak, one must think of how many times he could have done it. What would his motive be?
LCDR FITZPATRICK: They’re feeding on the local community to send as many innocent people to the grand jury and then to the judiciary. They’re feeding them to the judges. This is a profit center. They’re preying on people in the community whom they know cannot afford high-priced attorneys, and they know that the attorneys and public defenders are in on the fix. They’re feeding on the people, and the profit center here is the sheriff working against these local citizens to generate revenue for the government. The more cases that come into the courthouse, the more people have to pony up to the government for one thing or another. And then, once they lock them up, you become like a slave. They get paid for putting prisoners into the jails and the prisons. This is nothing but a profit center. This is extortion; that’s what it is.
MRS. RONDEAU: Do the victims get sent straight to a judge, bypassing the grand jury?
LCDR FITZPATRICK: No. What would happen is that Pettway would extract a confession, then he would take that back to his grand jury himself, and he would say to them, “I’ve gotten this confession from Mr. Cozart,” (for example), and then they get the presentment from the grand jury, the indictment goes in to the attorney general’s office, and then they send it to the criminal court, and then all the attorneys prey on this one person and say, “You either have to take a plea for this confession or we’re going to lock you up for a long time.” They force the person into a plea deal. And this goes on. It’s a scheme; a racket.
Another question is: How many jury trials do you think happen here in Monroe County? Not a lot. This is nothing but human trafficking. That’s what I’ve said before. They’re preying on people whom they know cannot defend themselves and they chew ’em up. There’s more I can say about how that happens once I leave here, but we have to use these phone calls the best way we can. Mr. Pettway is now caught in a criminal act as the grand jury foreman. So that takes the whole issue of his foremanship right off the table. He’s committed a criminal act: trying to extract a confession from an inmate for a crime that the inmate did not commit is as obscene as it can be, but we keep finding this kind of obscenity wherever we look.
MRS. RONDEAU: Someone else I interviewed reported that Pettway said he “works for the state.” Evidently he really does.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Yeah, oh, yeah! This is a judge-appointed member of the grand jury, and again, Carroll Ross said that “Mr. Pettway is doing a great job for us.” Now we know what Carroll Ross meant.
MRS. RONDEAU: I always wondered exactly what he meant by that.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Well, now we know. That’s why I’ve been arrested for “riot,” but there was no riot, Sharon, because they’re afraid that this kind of information is going to become public knowledge. Mr. Pettway was arrested on the first of April, just days after he tried to extract a confession from an inmate. Now if that arrest had been held up and Mr. Pettway’s conduct had been looked into by a legitimate law enforcement activity or agency, they would find out that just days before he was arrested on the first of April in a citizen’s arrest, Mr. Pettway had conducted himself as obscenely unlawfully as we now know in trying to get a confession. And deputy sheriffs were there to witness this. Sheriff Bivens knows about this.
MRS. RONDEAU: They obviously supported the activity because they gave Mr. Pettway access to the jail and the inmate.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Right, and the sheriffs can’t blow the whistle because they can’t sacrifice their paycheck. If they don’t play ball, they don’t get paid and they lose their job. That’s the kind of scheme you have going on here.
Remember on the fifth of October, Judge Blackwood said from the bench, twice – he interrupted Steve Pidgeon twice – that the foreman of the grand jury is no different than any other juror on the grand jury, right?
MRS. RONDEAU: Yes.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: Well, what other juror on the grand jury do you think could…
Automated Operator: You have one minute remaining.
LCDR FITZPATRICK: …have an inmate called out and interrogated in that way? Only Gary Pettway.
Editor’s Note: The Knoxville, TN FBI office can be reached at 865-544-0751 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.