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REP. JOHN DUNCAN TURNS HIS BACK ON CORRUPTION AND THE TRAMPLING OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN HIS DISTRICT
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 3, 2010) — Several people who have contacted Rep. John Duncan (R), whose district includes Monroe County, TN, regarding the endemic corruption there have reported excuses or no response from staffers as to why the congressman hasn’t taken action on their complaints.
One caller reported:
I thought I would share with you that I have called several offices of Mr. Duncan. They all seem to not be too concerned in fact one Marysville said “that’s a State issue”. To which I replied “you mean the violation of the Constitution is of no concern to Mr. Duncan?” Another office says that the DA she checked with said that the Judge can appoint whoever he wants to Foreman of the Grand Jury as often as he wishes. She even told me that the TN law I quoted was wrong. It seems there will be little help coming from his Congressional Representative unless he sees a headline “TENNESSEE US REPRESENTATIVE NOT CONCERNED WITH CONSTITUENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO EQUAL PROTECTION”. I wanted to let you know that I have sent information about this to Liberty Central.org and the Patrick Henry Center as well as put it on the blog at WRAM. I pray it helps. Semper Fi
How could a Tennessee law be “wrong?”
A second person said:
I left a message on the recorder and said that the FBI has paid a visit to the jail. I asked what Rep. Duncan intends to do and he was elected to represent his constituents, one of whom is in the jail, ie. Walt. I finished by letting him know that the people are watching.
Another person told me she spoke with a lady and was informed that this is a Federal issue, but she listened and said she would relay the message.
So one staffer said that Monroe County corruption is a state issue, but another said it is a federal issue. Would that not necessitate Duncan’s involvement?
The second caller said that the staffer reported that “a lot of calls” had come in on the subject of Monroe County that day.
An attendee at a town hall meeting held on October 5, 2010 by Tennessee Senator Robert Corker during which the issue of local corruption was raised stated that a representative from Duncan’s office was in attendance that evening. The attendee wrote:
His district assistant was here for Senator Corker’s town hall on Tuesday evening, 5 October. Her name is Maxine Gernert. Gernert works out of Duncan’s Athens, TN office. Located in the McMinn County Courthouse.
Editor’s Note: The district offices are listed at the bottom of Duncan’s website.
Several weeks ago, the editor of this publication called Rep. Duncan’s Washington, DC office and received no response at all. The aide listened in what was perceived to be a state of bewilderment but said very little as the corrupt judges, grand juries, sheriff, deputies and jailhouse practices were described in detail. Although addresses for both email and standard mail were left and a written response was clearly requested, nothing has been received.
Is it possible that Rep. Duncan is aware of the corruption but chooses to look the other way? Why wouldn’t his staffers have expressed concern for the civil rights violations and law-breaking which appear to have continued unchecked for decades?
Is it possible that because Walter Fitzpatrick’s original issue was a criminal complaint against Obama for treason and he is afraid to become involved? Or is it that if all of the convictions and acquittals made while Gary Pettway acted illegally as grand jury foreman would have to be revisited and the cost to the county would be nothing short of staggering?
However, what about the oath Duncan took to uphold the U.S. Constitution?
An earmark for which Duncan has been criticized is linked in the author’s piece to corruption in Congress.
On July 1, 2009, the Memphis, TN office of the FBI issued a “Department of Justice” press release announcing the sentencing of a “former Memphis Police Department officer” following conviction for “civil rights violations” as well as firearms, robbery and narcotics charges. Loretta King, Acting Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, said that “We will continue to vigorously prosecute police corruption both to protect the rights of individuals and to maintain faith in our legal system.”
The FBI Special Agent at the Memphis office, stated that “”We will vigorously investigate abuses of authority to defend the fundamental right to ethical behavior by government employees.” Other police officers and individuals received sentences for civil rights conspiracy, abuse of authority, and robbery.
Then where is the FBI in regard to Monroe County, where blatant civil rights abuses are carried out on what appears to be a regular basis, including those of children? What about the civil rights of Walter Fitzpatrick, who was arrested after four unannounced sheriff’s deputies broke down the door to his home, beat and tasered him, tore his left ear, and handcuffed him so tightly that he has probable nerve damage in his wrists and hands?
If the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee can take action on crimes committed against the citizenry, then where is the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, who states that the office’s mission is to “enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; and to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for the people of East Tennessee.”
Why have all law enforcement, legislative, judicial and executive public servants allowed the corruption, extortion, and civil rights abuses to continue unabated in Monroe County? Since narcotics, specifically methamphetamine, appear to be a significant problem in that area, is the money extorted from victims of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department being used to obtain, sell, or facilitate the trafficking of such substances? Could it have any connection to the human trafficking ring identified recently in Nashville?
Why are the grand juries rigged with jurors who have served too recently to be seated again? Eyewitnesses in the courtroom on December 1 for the trial of Walter Fitzpatrick reported that a juror who admitted that he had served within the past 24 months was immediately dismissed by the judge before the trial began. In so doing, the judge acknowledged that that juror was tainted. Why, then, did Judge Amy Reedy appoint Angela Davis as foreman on June 3, 2010 when she knew she had served in 2009? Judge Blackwood had apparently acknowledged that Davis had served for two terms within the 24-month time frame. So how could that jury have been a legally-convened body if the juror on the December 1 jury was dismissed for the same reason?
Why are judges picking grand jury foremen on the basis that they “have done a good job for us?”
What are the chances that three jury members would serve again too soon and all be involved in the same person’s case if they were chosen randomly by automated means, as the law requires?
Why is the law applied at times and at others ignored?
Shouldn’t the judges who are breaking the law be in jail rather than Fitzpatrick?