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by Sharon Rondeau

If a juror was disqualified today for having served within the last 24 months, how could any convictions against Fitzpatrick stand when the charges arose from a grand jury with the same flaw?

(Dec. 1, 2010) — As several eyewitnesses at Walter Fitzpatrick’s trial in Monroe County, TN reported this evening, all felony charges against the retired U.S. Naval Academy graduate and 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy have been dropped. Those charges were “riot,” “disorderly conduct,” “retaliation of past action” and “civil rights intimidation.”

He was found guilty of the two misdemeanor charges of disrupting a public meeting and resisting arrest.  The fines for the misdemeanor convictions are $2,500 and $500 respectively.

All six charges arose from an incident on April 1 wherein Fitzpatrick carried out a citizen’s arrest of the grand jury foreman, Gary Pettway, for serving for at least 20 consecutive years, in violation of Tennessee state law.

There is a 30-day period in which an appeal  and motion for a new trial can be filed.

The sentences for each of the two misdemeanors are six months in the county jail for a total of 12 months.  However, the one-year sentence was suspended except for 60 days, with time served counted toward the 60 days.  Following the jail sentence, Mr. Fitzpatrick will be on probation for a year.

The two additional charges filed from Mr. Fitzpatrick’s October 27, 2010 arrest at his home will be heard on January 19, 2011.

Co-defendant Darren Huff took a plea deal of “no contest,” no fines and no court fees.  His case was heard prior to Fitzpatrick’s.

At the beginning of the trial, Fitzpatrick was permitted to ask the jury members if they had served on a jury within the last two years, and eyewitnesses reported that there was one who said he had.  Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood then dismissed the juror for ineligibility per state law.

However, The Post & Email has previously reported that the charges against Fitzpatrick arose from a grand jury which had not only Gary Pettway serving for consecutive terms, but also Angela Davis, who served in both 2009 and 2010 and acted as foreman when the charges against Fitzpatrick were produced in the form of a “True Bill.”

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is from Roane County, where the grand jury foreman has reportedly been serving for more than 23 years.

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  1. Sharon, Is brother Fitzpatrick still in jail How do we contact him
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Yes, he’s still in jail. Visiting days are Wednesdays and Saturdays, and only one visitor is allowed each day. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department told me this morning that his release date is December 30, but I have to verify that with his supervisor, Lt. Stanley, who was not in today but will be in tomorrow. I understand that credit for time served is supposed to be awarded, and as far as I know, Walt has served six days prior to this current incarceration.

  2. Thanks to all who have helped in this matter. Our country is so overrun with bad guys. It will take many more courageous Americans to enlighten others. I hope it can be done before we completely lose America to them. Once its gone, its gone. God bless you all, and Merry Christmas!

  3. Sharon:

    May God bless you for your extraordinary work and perseverance on and with this most important issue and person.

    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Thank you, Sher. You’ve done some hard work yourself.

  4. From Leo Patrick Haffey
    By secretly moving a 200+ man SWAT Team into Monroe County to police 20 peaceful protesters, the Tennessee authorities did, in fact, create a threat to everyone in Monroe County and that area of Tennessee.
    Appears to me that someone(s) had to justify time and expenditures for that by making
    “arrests ” and bringing arrestees to court by hook or crook.

    Simply money, CYA and keep the egg off the faces of both local and fed authorities.

    You all may recall the swat teams called out to watch the little old ladies gathering for
    a Tea Party event?
    And of course recall the little old ladies enjoying the attention and remarking how cute
    the swat guys are?
    Did someone get their chops busted for that fiasco?

  5. The situation as I understand it,was Walt did not have an attorney and the court found this very convenient in building the “Walter Fitzpatrick Rail Road” This makes me wonder how many folks sit in prison who got the same bogus Grand Jury and a kangaroo court.Seems if this is truly the case,it might be a big payday for lawyers and prisoners alike who have the courage to step forward.I don’t know if true,but rumor has it,there are a few clever “jailhouse lawyers” that are serving time and if relatives of these inmates could get this
    information to them,there might be loads of fun in Monroe county.

  6. I am calling the jail daily and asking about the heat in the jail since the temp. will drop
    into the teens there for many coming nights. Also emailing the local paper there that’s printing all lies about the trial of Walter. Told them to read this online newspaper and get educated.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I’ve been told that the heat has been repaired and is working. However, we still need to “keep the heat on” in another sense. The corruption, which includes money laundering, racketeering, human trafficking, deprivation of citizens’ civil rights, and rigged juries needs to be exposed.

  7. I keep thinking about the story I heard about a guy in Monroe County Tennessee that won a $2000,000+ settlement against the county for the stuff he had to suffer at the county jail. Somehow, his home burned down, with him in it, 2 weeks after the court decision. Coincidence, right? I think Walt better get out of jail and Di-Di Mau the heck out of that county ASAP….at least he’ll be alive. I saw 20 or more law enforcement types in that court room and at least 3 had the same look I saw in Detroit “ganstas” and LRRPs in Vietnam. Bad guys to the bone.

  8. I was in a dispute with someone just a short time ago. He kept insisting that according
    to the Constitution a man is innocent till proven guilty.
    Obviously we were disputing the eligibility of our present anti- president. I failed to get
    him past the fact that this is not an argument for the court, but a requirement of the
    Constitution of the United States of America.

  9. I sat through this trial and it was nothing short of a gestapo hanging. There were at least 50 cops present fully armed including the feds. Glad he won but he will be in fear for his life for exposing the corruption

    1. Well, I guess the Feds finally showed up, just not in the way we had expected. Gosh, I wonder what the Sheriff told them, Jack the Ripper was on trial? One year probation, well that keeps Walt in Monroe county, when is the repeat knock your door down performance scheduled to occur? Maybe No Contest works there, they think you caved in and will go to George or some place and intimidation works well in Alabama. We should send them the movie for Christmas Deliverance! So welcome to Alabama, with attitude. As the speaker of the house said today this is “chicken crap”.

  10. I just noticed that the AP story about this case – posted at FR – doesn’t mention Obama’s ineligibility to serve as President as the reason for Fitzpatrick’s getting into this whole mess. How does that saying go, “A Lib will Fib!”

  11. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2636461/posts

    Man gets 60 days for trying to arrest Monroe County grand jury foreman
    AP ^ | 12-2-10 | AP

    MADISONVILLE (AP) – A Sweetwater man was sentenced to 60 days in jail for trying to arrest a Monroe County grand jury foreman who refused to indict President Obama on treason charges.

    A Madisonville jury on Tuesday found Walter Fitzpatrick III guilty of disrupting a meeting and resisting arrest.

    Fitzpatrick was found not guilty of retaliation and civil rights intimidation.

    The Navy veteran on April 1 tried to make a citizen’s arrest on the grand jury foreman, contending his chairmanship was illegal.

    Co-defendant Darren Huff, of Dallas, Georgia, earlier pleaded guilty to disrupting a meeting.

    Huff also faces federal charges after he came to the courthouse armed during Fitzpatrick’s arraignment.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: You can see how the AP twists this. Darren Huff pleaded “no contest,” which is different from “guilty.” And he went to the courthouse with firearms, but he had permits to carry them across state lines from Georgia to Tennessee, and he did not brandish them nor display them while there. The press controls how facts are presented.

    1. Darren stowed his handgun with the long gun he had brought in a lock box in his truck before he went to town. There was no open carry at the courthouse as the press and FBI reported. There was no concealed carry at the courthouse that I was aware of.

    1. Ok, where there’s a will, there’s a way! I used an address from Monroe County to get around that requirement. In fact, I used MCSD’s address. ;)

      Everyone, please do the same. Enter zip code 37354-1141

    2. That’s easy to get around. Look for the location of one of his TN offices, and plug that in as the town and zipcode. Then in the body of your message, say where you live and that you used this method to get around the email block. Who knows but they might delete or refuse to entertain your email, but I’ve sometimes received replies.

  12. I admire Walt for having the courage and fortitude not to plead guilty and accept a plea bargain. He can now appeal his case and have this injustice overruled.

    I also refused to accept the Nashville DA’s “plea bargain” in the Nashville DA’s malicious prosecution of my case, but the Nashville DA dropped the false charges against me because he knew that even if he wrongfully convicted me, I would appeal my case to the United States Supreme Court if necessary and expose all the crimes committed by the criminals who falsely accused me and committed perjury in my case; and he knew that I would expose all the indiscretions of Nashville judges in my case.

    I certainly hope that Walt will appeal his illegal, unconstitutional conviction. If he can have his appeal heard by the Court of Criminals Appeals in Nashville, I will help however I can in the appeal and I will help with an appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville if necessary.

    The illegal and unconstitutional conviction of Commander Walter Fitzpatrick will not stand.


    1. > He can now appeal his case and have this injustice overruled.

      Why would that happen? If even SCOTUS is not holding up what’s right, how would some lowly appeals court act any different?
      Mrs. Rondeau replies: Because by dismissing the juror on Wednesday who admitted that he had served within the past two years, the judge was admitting that that was improper. How, then, could be arbitrarily decide not to apply the law when Angela Davis, who had served before within the two-year period barred by law, signed the indictment sheet charging Walt with crimes last June? He can’t follow the law in one instance and disregard it in another identical instance. That negates the entire case against Walt; the grand jury was tainted from the beginning and still is.

  13. Isn’t it true that when a de jure grand jury exists, the de facto grand jury ceases to exist? Has this matter been brought to the attention of the de jure grand jury of the Tennessee republic? http://www.tennesseerepublic.org/

    I do not view this as a victory. This man should not be spending one moment in jail, past or present. Where is the “injured party?” “The state” cannot be an injured party.

    Mr. Haffey is correct. It is up to “we the people” to eliminate the injustices. Walter Fitzpatrick deserves to be able to rest, while “the people” carry his torch in pursuit of justice. If the people of Tennessee turn a blind eye to this situation, they will deserve the cuffs and shackles that will surely be laid upon them as a result.

    If this situation were occurring in my republic (state), I would be making sure that the de jure grand jury was involved.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence


    1. > Has this matter been brought to the attention of the de jure grand jury of the Tennessee republic?

      You mean that treasonous organization that is trying to twist our great Constitution into something it isn’t and to destroy the strong union of the 50?

      > If this situation were occurring in my republic (state), I would be making sure that the de jure grand jury was involved.

      The problem is that the TN authorities do not care for your own personal “grand jury”. You act as if “involving the de jure grand jury” would somehow magically make all the corruption go away. That is a best short-sighted, at worst deliberate confusion of the real issue.

      Walt’s problem is he was sentenced by a de facto judge and jury, and we need to address *their* corruption and not try to “involve” someone else with no authority whatsoever.

  14. In Darren Huff’s interview with Arlen Williams, he stated that an FBI agent came to his home in Georgia and gave him the clear impression that what he planned to do in Monroe County, Tennessee on 4-20-10 was lawful. If the FBI agent considered what Mr. Huff was doing was a threat to the safety of the people of Monroe County, he had a legal obligation to advise Mr. Huff accordingly.

    By secretly moving a 200+ man SWAT Team into Monroe County to police 20 peaceful protesters, the Tennessee authorities did, in fact, create a threat to everyone in Monroe County and that area of Tennessee.

    I am certainly thankful that I never have to travel on 1-75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville, Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg.

    According to recent crime reports, Tennessee is one of the most dangerous States in America. Nashville is now the 7th most dangerous city in America and Memphis is the number one most dangerous city in America.

    Radio Interview regarding illegal arrests in Tennessee.


  15. To Frank Gordon: Walt is in an American court, no matter how messed up or corrupt. He is in the judicial system. He is there because he legally filed a complaint against Obama being illegally in office. He found his legal complaint was being ignored because of an illegal grand jury, illegal grand jury foreman, corrupt judges and nonexistent rule of law in Monroe County. He could state that because Obama is illegal and because the grand jury foreman is illegal, he is brought into a court that is illegal. Simply force the connection of the two issues. They are really one. The rule of law is being overrun by criminals in the White House and in Monroe County. Walt would be out fishing, if Obama had either complied and reassured the public with his paperwork and of course, had to step down because his father was a foreigner, if that is really his father, which is yet to be proven. Walt would never have known the Monroe County system was equally corrupt, ahd it not been for Obama’s illegality. The house is only as strong as the foundation. Walt is in jail because Obama is in the White House. As he applied the law, at his local level to reach the problem at the White House, he found the exact same thing going on. I personally would probably say “because you are participating in the coverup of Obama, and refusing the obey the law and handle my complaints by a legal grand jury, I am now standing before your corrupt court, which has been led by an illegal jure foreman for 20 plus years, as have other grand juries in this state. I am asking for the state authorities to come in and establish a real grand jury to investigate the original issue of Obama, and this current issue of running a crime syndicate in Monroe County under the cover of official government entities. Obama and Mr. Pettway and Sheriff Bivens are one and the same, illegally holding their offices as they perpetrate disaster on We the People. The Constitution rules, not Bivens, Pettway and Obama.” Walt has standing for being illegally imprisoned when filing a legal complaint by legal channels.

  16. Sharon – a solid Navy “well-done” to you from another Navy pilot. I second NAVY PILOT’s compliments for your excellent work on behalf of LCDR Fitzpatrick, the cause of justice and the rule of law. At this point you are surely the best friend Walter has.

    I emailed the FBI in Knoxville several days ago with no response so far. Today I called Rep. Duncan’s office and left a detailed message regarding the situation in Monroe County and the Fitzpatrick case.

    Orly has a posting about making today a day to focus on Rep. Duncan to prod him to action on this mess in Tennessee.

    We must find a way to leverage the sacrifices made by LCDR Fitzpatrick to accomplish something meaningful in the eligibility cause, especially with LTC Lakin’s court-martial fast-approaching.

    I am sure that many Americans who are following this case would gladly take Walter’s place in the Monroe County jail if that were possible. Please pass on my very best wishes to him. He is in my thoughts and prayers every day.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Thank you, sir. Coming from a Navy veteran, that is a high compliment. I will pass on your message to Walt. Kudos to Orly on her posting.

  17. I will also send you a couple of bucks Walt hope it will help, if you need a break sir south Florida is still a little warmer here, just let me know when and where. This whole country is the same no matter where you live these days. If you speak up you had better be willing to pay the price now days. I will only be quite when god says it is my time.
    Tuxkabin an old American Grand Jury Member.

  18. I see nothing but an illegal hearing and an illegal finding of facts and law. Walt has done nothing wrong, but yet these jury members find him guilty. Of being a concern American.
    Their should have been thousands of people at his hearing. I posted an Obama Birth certificate on my fence one day. The police made legal statements on their police report that it was (The paper birth certificate) endangered the safety of the local police. The fire department made such statements in writing and on the official police report that the posting of Obamas Birth certificate was a fire hazard. Walt me and all of us are in a fight for our lives. I was put on public tv in 2008 for having anti Obama politico signs in my front yard. The local police department in the City of Saint Petersburg Florida have put me on their black hate list to be watched. The sad part about Walters out come is that not one F—king Attorney had the guts to help him in this country, much less any of our elected officials. This is why we need to force the local county commisioners courts to bring back our citizens grandjury, so we can put these criminals where they belong on an sinking island. Thanks Walt no one was here to help my wife and I for the last two years either, thank god I graduated from Blackstone school of law some 27 years ago. Oh and I did kick their ass’s here. They all want your guns this is what this is all about, they will take them one at a time or all at once. You did win Walt because you can still keep your’s. Our door here in my home is always open to you sir.
    Tuxkabin has spoken.

  19. I believe the only way to fix the problem and work within the system is members of the TN state legislature need to be approached about changing the TCA concerning the selection and retention of grand jury forepersons. If one or more of them are interested in sponsoring a bill to change the TCA, they can ask the TN Attorney General to clarify current TCA statutes concerning selection and retention of grand jury forepersons. This might generate a favorable opinion for the cause. Do not contact the AG directly, work through the system.

  20. Thanks, Sharon, for a job well done!

    I was told by a friend who works for OSHA that they only get involved if the jails are Federal–to contact the State of Tennessee Health Dept. for the counties, which I think you have done, already.

    Does LCDR Fitzpatrick have to stay in jail the 24-34 days, or, can he get out on bond?
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I believe he must serve the additional time and then he could be bonded out after that, but I’ll check to make sure.

  21. It is hard to conceive these people have the audacity to believe their court should be
    considered legitimate. The only way this farce could fly is not just with the aid of their
    county officials, but also with the assistance or indifference of state and federal
    I guess evil is like ignorance; it seldom recognizes itself.
    I wonder, is the “Fat Lady” singing yet?
    These people should know, there are still plenty of real Men and Women in this country
    who will not be intimidated.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: The Fat Lady is only warming up her vocal chords!

  22. Mrs. Rondeau, a million thanks for all you have done. I will continue to call the FBI, the TBI, the Representative and the Tn Senators along with others. I hope all the Patriot citizens that have been following this travesty will also call, email and write where they think it will do the most good. Another GREAT THANKS to two impressive Patriots – Darran Huff and Zeb Blanchard. Their involvement has helped tremendously.

    The findings were not a surprise to me but a little disappointing. I was not in attendance but, I believe that the jury was intimidated and given the outcome that it produced. Monroe County needs desperately for this fiasco to go away. By doing what they did they expect Walt to stop what he is doing and to vacate the area as soon as he can. He still has the resisting arrest that he can appeal and take it to a federal court as it was apparently a very illegal seizure of his person without due process. Regardless, we all need to continue our contacts and do what we can put an end to the lawlessness.

    For Zeb: I also dropped out of the Oath Keepers. Maybe we can meet again in Dillard.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: You’re welcome, sir. I feel it is a duty to my country to run this newspaper. Although I did not serve in the military, I have taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution to the best of my ability.

    1. Sharon:
      You stated “Although I did not serve in the military, I have taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution to the best of my ability.” You have done more in trying to uphold the U.S. Constitution by your running of this newspaper than 535 Members of Congress, the Commander-in-Chief, and all of the top military personnel have. You make us proud!
      Thanks from a 12th Generation AMERICAN, a disabled AMERICAN veteran, and a natural born AMERICAN CITIZEN! Hoorah, Semper fi, and God bless!!!
      Mrs. Rondeau replies: The Founders placed a free press in the First Amendment, even before the Second. The power of a free press is astounding and a blessing from God, recognized by the Founders as essential to liberty. Where we shine our light, no scoundrel can hide!

  23. I think Walt is tired but he is energized by the fight he is in.
    His case has now been recognized by the system he is going against. The system he just finished with is a subset of what he is really after.
    I think he will leverage yesterday’s “victories” with an appeal to a higher court. There Walt can get heard what needs to be heard.
    I think we would be doing the Commander a disfavor if we assumed he was going to stand down. He needs our support now, more than ever. This is the beginning, finally.

  24. All things considered, this isn’t bad for LTCDR Fitzpatrick. Perhaps the thought of a new Republican governor in Nashville may have swayed things.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: And perhaps shining the light of day on the corruption by a free and independent press helps, too!

  25. No, it isn’t over; however, perhaps as they say, it might be the end of the beginning. Everyone interested in this case needs to remain vigilant as long as the Cmdr. is still in that hell hole where anything can happen to him. Let’s pray for his good health and safe release prior to Christmas. Sharon, have you discussed what he would like to do immediately upon his release? Those who are able should be making plans for an extensive R&R for him, preferably as far from Monroe county as possible where he can recuperate and decide what to do next.

  26. So LCMD Fitzpatrick took a plea which will result in him doing approximately 50 days in prison? And he still has to face separate charges stemming from October 27? Is that correct? There is no way his actual trial – and his sentencing – happened and were completed on one day, so I assume he took a guilty plea. Why, Walt? A lot of us really believed in this cause.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: No, he did not take a plea. It was not offered. He was convicted on two misdemeanor charges.

  27. Sharon, Do you realize that Fitzpatrick has made his way into the court system….the very court system that has refused standing for 2 years all across the country to We the People. What seems to be a “disaster”…has actually broken down the door!!!!! He can bring every issue he wishes into his “trial.” From Obama ineligibility, to illegal grand jury, to his own illegal arrest and imprisonment. He can drag this out, and actually have the entire country watching as he makes his case in an actual court room. Unbelievable. The Navy has taken the hill! I hope he builds this up and drags it out for as long as it takes. The World will be watching.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Not to mention all of the civil rights violations, which can be taken into federal court.

    1. > He can bring every issue he wishes into his “trial.” From Obama ineligibility

      Can you explain why you think he can?
      His current conviction has nothing to do with the Soetoro ineligibility issue.

      I’m afraid the courts will still deny him standing to tackle eligibility. Because what got him in jail is something totally independent of whether Soetoro is legally president or if it can be proven he is not.

  28. Good work for a non-lawyer representing himself. My advice is to do the additional 20+ days and then get out of the rotten State of Tennessee.

    Sharon, I hope that you will carry on exposing the government crime and corruption in Tennessee for the sake of those of us who must continue to live in this hideous State of corruption.

  29. First!? Probably not…SO is he out right now? Wish I could be there to party-hearty because the fight against injustice must continue tomorrow! This is just the start- I hope Walt will continue to expose the problems of the jail and support all those jailed innocently in America’s war on those involved in victimless crimes!!

    Mrs. Rondeau replies: No, he is not out. He has another 24-34 days to serve in the Monroe County gulag. My guess is that Walt is exhausted and will not be able to carry on the fight. Others must now take up where he leaves off. One man has done a tremendous amount to expose the corruption there…think of what thousands could do!

    1. Mrs. Rondeau replies: …My guess is that Walt is exhausted and will not be able to carry on the fight. Others must now take up where he leaves off. One man has done a tremendous amount to expose the corruption there…think of what thousands could do!



      Having been through a similar experience, I can attest to how uttering debilitating, exhausting and demoralizing false imprisonment in a Tennessee Gulag is. God bless you for you for urging and encouraging, ” Others must now take up where he leaves off. One man has done a tremendous amount to expose the corruption there…think of what thousands could do!”

      We Tennesseans need all the help we can get to overcome the Tyranny in Tennessee.

      For information on Crimes committed by the BHO regime in Tennessee:


  30. So does this mean Walter will be released on Christmas day? After paying the 3K fine of course. If so, WAHOO! Now it’s time to focus on getting those jail conditions taken care of and make sure he and the others have decent living conditions! It ain’t over yet, but I’m considering this a victory. Bless you Sharon and P&E staff for your indefatigable perseverance. This would not have happened without you. For my part, I will continue with your suggested phone calls to the Health Commissioner, FBI in Knoxville and the District Representative. Among other things…
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I will tell you a secret: I am the entire P&E staff. If anyone wants to write, please let me know!

    1. I admire you, Sharon. I added you to my *very* short list of Heros a while ago. Bless you, not only for sticking up for what is right, but for being so tenacious and having the fortitude to do so. There aren’t a lot of people we can say that about these days.

      I wish I could help you out, but I really need to keep looking for a paying position. As much as I love it and as rewarding as it is, Freedom Fighting doesn’t pay the bills. (as you know).
      Mrs. Rondeau replies: I am no hero, just doing my job, ma’am, where God has put me in this place and time. Money donations are not the only way people can help; other ways are just as important.