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January 19, 2012

Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III is a 1975 graduate of the United States Naval Academy

Dear Editor:

The following letter has been sent to Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Robert Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam.

January 19, 2012

Re: The incarceration of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick in Monroe County, TN

Dear                                          :

I am writing to you today on behalf of my friend, Walt Fitzpatrick, who is being held in jail excessively in Monroe County, Tennessee. Whatever crimes he may have committed do not justify his lengthy internment there. He is not a flight risk. He has adult onset Diabetes which has led to a foot problem which requires immediate medical attention. It would be most unfortunate if his physical condition were to deteriorate while he is living under the supervision of officials in your state.

Frankly, I believe that Walt was given this unfair and cruel penalty because he annoyed, strongly, the wrong people, people like you who are powerful, people who can effect change. Walt was in the process of exposing pervasive and long-term corruption in the grand jury system, and some people obviously felt that he had to be contained. Those in charge must have said at some point to others of like mind, “We are going to get him. We are going to make him pay!” That is not the way justice in America is supposed to work, as I am sure you are aware. And especially when that out-of-balance justice is metered out to an elder, rather defenseless graduate of the United States Naval Academy (I went with him when he first signed up!), someone who has served our country selflessly all over the world for many years.

Recall to mind the universal symbol of Justice: It is a scale, something which requires every day the careful apportionment of balance. That judicious balance is clearly missing here. Whatever you can do to effect proper change in this case will be much appreciated. Secondly, it will be the right thing to do. And, thirdly, inevitably, it will make angry those that caused the excessive jail time in the first place.

I thank you in advance for your consideration and work upon this grievous problem.


Dominic M. Martin

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  1. So it seems whenever answers the phone at the gov’s office is up to speed on Commander Fitz. Today’s conversation with a female staffer resulted in the usual offer to be transferred to TCI, which I refused on the grounds it would be a waste of time.
    But they have also taken a different tack when you ask how they are going to treat Walt’s health problems. They say there is nothing they can do when a prisoner stages a hunger strike. That is not Walt’s way of doing things. However if he is, that is a good thing for his diabetes. And that led me to ask how they intended to do that. The twit said I would have to talk with TCI, etc. . .

  2. Mr. Martin’s approach is working.
    The governor has assigned a staff person to take complaints on the phone. He is very polite and attentive. This is a first step.
    We have Sen. Corker’s attention. He has assigned a staff person as well.
    The calls and letters are working, we need to keep the pressure on these folks to make sure they perform.

  3. I Rekon, that the only way Fitz will EVER be Free is IF Somebody has a “JAILBREAK PARTY!!”
    Welcome to “HAZARD COUNTY”, and the “BOSS HOG BUNCH” of Crooked Lawmen!!