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by Sharon Rondeau


The Post & Email has reported on government corruption in Monroe County, TN as well as Sevier, Davidson, McMinn and Roane Counties for the last year

(Jun. 23, 2011) — There will be a trial beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Monroe County courthouse on June 23, 2011, for Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who was arrested on October 27, 2010 and charged with “Assault” and “Resisting Arrest.”

The charges emanate from an initial arrest on April 1, 2010 when Fitzpatrick attempted to carry out a citizen’s arrest of Gary Pettway, then-foreman of the Monroe County, TN grand jury.

Recently Fitzpatrick has stated that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is guilty of defamation of character in its description of him to a potential tourist as an “eccentric” and “cult member.”

Last month, Fitzpatrick reported to The Post & Email on the trial of Michael Ellington, who was convicted of first-degree murder on a last-minute argument made by the prosecutor during the closing arguments phase after which defense attorneys offered no objection.

The hearing today is open to the public.