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“A LIFE COULD DEPEND ON IT”
by New Hampshire Rep. Harry Accornero (R-Laconia)
(Dec. 16, 2011) — During this holiday season, many of us will be out and about buying gifts, sending out greeting cards and preparing for a family holiday dinner. There is one fellow American, a decorated Naval Officer, Commander Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III, who will be spending his holidays in a jail cell in Monroe County, Tenn. His crime? Exposing corruption in the Monroe County court system. He is being held in solitary confinement, it is reported his cell is being keep cold and he is being denied his much-needed diabetic medication. He does not deserve to spend another day in jail for speaking out against corruption in his state.
I would ask the citizens of Monroe County and of the State of Tennessee to join me in asking the Governor and members of the Legislature in keeping with the season, to release Walter Fitzpatrick while they look into his allegations and let him spend the holidays with his family and then have his day in court. Please keep Walter Fitzpatrick in your prayers and call or write to The Governor to look into this serious matter, a life could depend on it.
Editor’s Note: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department can be reached at 423-442-3911. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam can be reached here. All legislators representing Tennessee can be located here. Fitzpatrick’s legislators have been unresponsive to date.
Constitutionally, it is incumbent upon Rep. Jimmy Matlock to draft a bill of impeachment against any judge guilty of misconduct, malfeasance, or criminality. The citizens of Monroe County can pressure him to do so or campaign for his replacement.
The Post & Email has just recently reported Monroe County corruption to local television WATE and will publish any response they might provide.