“I’M IN PRETTY GOSH-DARN GOOD HEALTH”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 25, 2012) — Many of The Post & Email’s readers have been inquiring about the health of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who spent almost 18 continuous weeks in the Monroe County jail recently. The conditions inside are so poor that the jail was placed under a “Plan of Action” last year by the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI), which was authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1982 to inspect state and county jails.
A state official has said that the only viable remedy “for that place” is the construction of a new facility. Fitzpatrick had reported that the jail kitchen had been infested with rats while he was there in November 2011. In August 2007, the Polk County jail, also in the Tenth Judicial District of Tennessee, was closed down by the State Fire Marshal for overcrowding and other violations. At the time, the Fire Marshal had said, “Prisoners of war are treated better.”
Fitzpatrick has given us permission to release medical information pertaining to his well-being. He recently reported on the results of the blood work done on February 16 after meeting with his physician earlier this week. His doctor stated that the HA1c test done to measure the degree of his diabetes showed that it is “pretty out-of-control” at present. The number he shared with us is not dangerously high, but indicates that the blood sugar is elevated. Fitzpatrick said that before moving to Tennessee, he was diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes and was testing his blood sugar several times daily as well as following a low-carbohydrate diet. He adopted an exercise routine and, after several months, was told by his physician that the diabetes was in a remission of sorts and he no longer needed to test his blood.
After moving to Sweetwater, TN, he enjoyed freedom from the disease for several years as he continued a vigorous workout routine which included brisk walking every day. His health began to deteriorate while incarcerated between September 23, 2011 and December 3, 2011, as he developed an ulcer on his foot and was unable to practice proper hygiene. His present physician said the ulcer began because of the uncontrolled diabetes. Fitzpatrick was placed on Metformin while in jail, and his doctor wants him to continue taking it to regulate his blood sugar.
On December 14, 2011, The Post & Email was told that “It will be a miracle if he [Fitzpatrick] makes it.”
On one morning last week, he related that “I’m not the same man I was before. I may sound the same, but I’m not the same. This last time [in the jail] really did a number on me.” At that time, Fitzpatrick estimated that he was “working at about 50%.” He was told by his doctor that the “blackout” periods he has experienced from time to time are most likely due to stress and perhaps poor diet, which caused his blood sugar to “spike.” He has reported some memory problems, fatigue, confusion and the “blackouts,” all of which his doctor said could be related to unregulated glucose levels.
Fitzpatrick stated that he plans on beginning light workouts next week if all goes well.
The doctor also told Fitzpatrick late last week that he was dehydrated. On February 14, Fitzpatrick told The Post & Email that when he left the jail on February 9, he weighed about 186 pounds but that his normal weight is about 200. Fitzpatrick is 6’1″ tall. By the 14th, he believed he had gained back a few pounds.
Despite the aforementioned challenges, Fitzpatrick said that all of his “vital organs are running like a well-oiled machine,” and maintained that “Other than that, I’m in pretty gosh-darn good health.”
At least two crimes were committed against Fitzpatrick while he was incarcerated over the last few months on which The Post & Email will not report until the time is right. We trust that the proper authorities are investigating the incidents and the evidence in order to bring about justice as outlined in Tennessee Code.
Fitzpatrick stated that he “was treated very badly” while in the custody of U.S. marshals for transport to Darren Huff’s trial as a potential witness, “but that’s a story for another day.” He added, “I would have been a very strong witness. I worked very hard to prepare for my testimony…and then I wasn’t called.” It is Fitzpatrick’s understanding that he and Huff were made out to be “militia members” planning on “taking over the Monroe County courthouse” on April 20, 2010 by William L. Bryan, also known as “PJ Foggy,” who claimed responsibility in writing for the large police presence that day in Madisonville. No arrests were made that day. Huff was arrested ten days later and is awaiting a sentencing hearing which has been continued to April 3, 2012. “That’s why the Tennessee state prosecutor here, Jim Stutts, tied together, with Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s permission, Darren’s case and mine. Darren and I were co-defendants. That should not have happened. They were tying us together, working with the federal government, I might add, to show that Darren Huff and I were both militarist, right-wing extremist militiamen who were coming in with weapons and bombs – I’ve been called a “bomb-thrower, for goodness sakes – to take over the courthouse, and that did not happen.”
Fitzpatrick has spent time in the Monroe County jail on numerous occasions after attempting a citizen’s arrest of then-grand jury foreman Gary Pettway, who had been serving in that capacity for at least 27 years. Fitzpatrick had also discovered that other grand jury members had served consecutive terms in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 22-2-314, but the judges have allowed it to stand. Fitzpatrick has claimed that any indictments issued by such a “grand jury” are illegitimate.
On January 17, 2012, Fitzpatrick appeared at a “probable cause” hearing in the Monroe County courthouse, during which time Judge J. Reed Dixon stated clearly on three occasions that “the judge picks the grand jury,” which appears to confirm what Fitzpatrick reported on December 7, 2011, after observing the selection of the new grand juries for 2012.
The Post & Email will be publishing the audio recording shortly.
One citizen outside of Tennessee contacted every member of the Tennessee General Assembly on Fitzpatrick’s behalf.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.