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by Sharon Rondeau

The U.S. District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville

(Oct. 11, 2011) — Two former co-defendants charged by Monroe County, TN will see each other in a federal courtroom in Knoxville at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. federal courthouse on October 18, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.  One has been called as a witness at the other’s trial on that date on federal firearms violations.

Darren Huff, who was accused of planning to “take over the courthouse” in Madisonville, TN on April 20, 2011, was arrested on April 30 after he sought law enforcement intervention. Huff has maintained his innocence, stating that “nothing happened.”  On April 20, Huff had planned to attend an arraignment hearing for Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who had been arrested on April 1, 2010 after attempting to effect a citizen’s arrest of Gary Pettway, the acting grand jury foreman.  Pettway had held the position for more than two decades in apparent violation of Tennessee law.

A former attorney, William L. Bryan, claimed responsibility for the heavy police presence in Madisonville on April 20 for Fitzpatrick’s arraignment that day.

Fitzpatrick has been investigating the grand jury in Monroe County for more than two years following his attempt to file a complaint of treason against Barack Hussein Obama II.  Following obstruction by the foreman, Gary Pettway, Fitzpatrick learned that Pettway had never actually been appointed to the position by a judge, nor could the court clerks produce any evidence that Pettway had ever been sworn in.  Fitzpatrick summarized that the Monroe County grand jury, rather than performing its Fifth Amendment duties as an investigative body, was merely “an appendage of the government.”

Others have agreed that Obama is guilty of treason, including a New Hampshire state representative, with others filing their own similar complaints against him.  Fitzpatrick has also named the judiciary in Monroe County as traitors for violating both the Tennessee and U.S. Constitutions.

Monroe County had also prosecuted Huff for “riot” and “intimidation” but eventually offered Huff a plea deal of “no contest,” which he accepted.

Both Huff and Fitzpatrick were arraigned on June 28, 2010, the transcripts of which were posted on the internet before Fitzpatrick was able to obtain a copy at his request.  Differences between the internet version of Fitzpatrick’s hearing and that which The Post & Email obtained in January 2011 were noted but never explained.

Indictments against Huff and Fitzpatrick were signed by Pettway.

Pettway was again announced as foreman of the grand jury on January 5, 2011 but was apparently replaced by a Faye C. Tennyson.  However, Tennyson’s first name was misspelled on the appointing order and not remedied for the record.

The chief court clerk has stated that the grand jury foreman can be appointed arbitrarily by a judge.

Fitzpatrick is currently incarcerated in the Monroe County jail following a September 23, 2011 sentencing hearing, after which Fitzpatrick reportedly told the judge that the court had no jurisdiction over him and walked out.  Fitzpatrick was then arrested and sentenced to six months in jail.  The hearing followed two charges and one conviction from an October 27, 2010 arrest during which Fitzpatrick was seriously beaten and tasered by four Monroe County sheriff’s deputies.  Conditions within the jail have been reported to be unsanitary, unsafe and substandard according to state regulations.

Two of the deputies involved in Fitzpatrick’s October 27 arrest boasted that they are “not afraid of the FBI,” and the FBI has taken no overt action to curb the judicial dictatorship which Fitzpatrick has described in Monroe County.  The subornation of perjury and committing of perjury have been reported.

Fitzpatrick was transferred to the Loudon County jail for a brief period following his most recent arrest but is reportedly back in the Monroe County facility.  A visitor had reported that Fitzpatrick was being denied mail, use of a telephone and was in solitary confinement in Cell #9, which is used for inmates with possible psychiatric conditions.  The visitor stated that there were no apparent bruises sustained by Fitzpatrick at that time.  It is unknown if letters from the public are reaching him, as The Post & Email has not heard from Fitzpatrick since the day before the sentencing hearing, September 22, 2011.

Through an intermediary, we were informed that Fitzpatrick did not wish to patronize the jail phone system, NCIC, used by jails and the military across the country, as the charge for a 15-minute phone call is $25.o0.

One reader of The Post & Email related the following:

I decided this morning to call Monroe County Jail.

Spoke to Deputy Lt. Belcher.

I just wanted to find out how Walt was doing and was he still in solitary confinement.

Deputy Lt. Belcher stated Walt was out and about and not in solitary confinement. And that Walt was in a cell with another prisoner.

I was told that it was OK to send mail to Walt but not certified.

Previous reports of conditions in the jail do not suggest that only two prisoners would share a cell.

Other readers of The Post & Email have been told that Fitzpatrick is not in solitary confinement.  Mail has been reported as sporadically delivered to inmates.

A third person who was present during the April 1, 2010 citizen’s arrest was arrested on January 4 of this year for his alleged involvement in the “riot” with Fitzpatrick, but the prosecution decided to suspend its case against Carl Swensson in June.  Swensson has stated that Judge Donald Paul Harris committed perjury when he affirmed on court documents that Swensson had “provided information and material pertinent to the prosecution of co-defendants Walter Fitzpatrick and Darren Huff.”

An uninvolved observer told The Post & Email that the judge presiding over the June 28 arraignment “gave a predetermined answer” in regard to jurors serving repeated terms in violation of TCA 22-2-314.  According to the statute, no juror can be called upon to serve without having a 24-month break from prior jury service.

Huff has claimed that his constitutional rights were violated when he was arrested on his way to Fitzpatrick’s April 20 hearing.  Fitzpatrick stated on May 1, 2010 that Huff had “been accosted by law enforcement officials three times in the past month while supporting Gary Pettway’s Citizen arrest.”

The Post & Email has recently become aware of a self-help program for pro se litigants which includes various types of educational materials and training.  The website states that judges are “the real criminals” and describes them as corrupt.

A citizen who has been following the Fitzpatrick story produced a video about the events leading up to his incarceration here.

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  1. Looks like the 18th is opening arguments. The court will be hearing witnesses on the 19th. Walt confirms that is the day he will be there to testify.
    Note that Walt is still being held without access to communication other than Weds and Sunday visitors. He receives some non certified mail.
    It might be of benefit for the folks who will be in Knoxville to caucus and make plans while we are there as we will not have guidance from Walt until he gets sprung. I will be the little old guy with the white beard.

  2. It breaks my heart knowing Walter is left alone with the corruptocrats in Monroe County and beyond. After all these years of ignoring the law, Lord only knows what they are capable of doing.

    Great work, Sharon. Thank you for the updates.