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IN CUSTODY OF U.S. MARSHALS, BUT FOR HOW LONG?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 23, 2011) — The Post & Email has heard from two readers who have been in touch with the U.S. Marshals’ Service in Knoxville, TN regarding the whereabouts of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who was arrested and jailed in Monroe County, TN after a sentencing hearing one month ago.
An email dated October 21, 2011 reads:
Just spoke with Deputy Maze’s supervisor Ron Gibb. Expressed concern for Walt’s safety in Monroe County and asked them to interview Walt about Monroe County so someone with authority can intervene on his behalf. Asked him to please try to get FBI involved that TBI is complicit and thus far FBI has not intervened. He said “Mr. Fitzpatrick is safe with us” I believe that to be true, he is safe with US Marshals. Essentially in protective custody from the sounds of it. The fact they are going to release him back to Monroe County after the Huff trial is the concern. Hopefully Ron Gibb will actually attempt to involve FBI. It is my understanding Walt has been in their custody for the past 5 days. Trial has been going on for 4 days, US court trial in Knoxville? They keep referring me to the US court clerk in Knoxville for more information on the Huff trial. Habeas Corpus Writ To Testify.
The same individual added:
Okay after numerous calls I finally spoke with a supervisor by the name of Deputy Mace with US Marshals in Knoxville TN. He was very kind. They have LCDR in custody there in Knoxville. They are holding him for testimony in a federal case against Huff. LCDR is on a Habeas Corpus writ to hold to testify. Once the trial is over, he will be released back to the custody of Monroe County jail. Freedom of information act allows us to get information from the US court clerk in Knoxville TN. He is safer with US Marshals than he would be in Monroe County. Deputy Mace could not answer any legal questions, however he did say FBI is the agency we should contact to intervene with Monroe County. Would be nice to get Walter into protective custody rather than have him back in the hands of Monroe County if they continue to refuse to release LCDR.
The trial to which the writer refers is that of Darren Huff, who went to attend an arraignment hearing on April 20, 2010 for Fitzpatrick and was arrested ten days later for a “crime” which Huff says he had no intent of committing. Huff’s trial formally ended on Friday, October 21 and has been handed to the jury to issue a verdict on whether or not Huff had intended to forcibly “take over the courthouse.”
Another reader sent the following on October 20:
Good evening. Early this afternoon I called the US Marshals Eastern Dist. of TN.
I left a message for Deputy Warren Mayes the Operations Supervisor.
Deputy Mayes returned my call and I asked to see if they had Walter Fitzpatrick in their custody?
Deputy Mayes said Walt was in their custody at one of their facilities, but would not say which one. He said this was information only Walt’s attorney could get.
Deputy Mayes said Walt was in their custody because of being a witness in the trial, spoken about on your site.
After that Walt will be returned to where they got him from; I guess Monroe County?
On another note. I spoke to Amnesty Int’l. again. They did email me the document to fill out and to return it to them(her).
The woman I spoke to was:
Jasmine Heiss of the:
600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
phone: (202) 544-0200
fax: (202) 546-7142
Update, October 25, 2011: The Post & Email has been informed that Fitzpatrick has been returned to the Monroe County jail.