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“UNFAIR AND CRUEL PENALTY”
January 19, 2012
January 19, 2012
Re: The incarceration of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick in Monroe County, TN
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