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“CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW…ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS…”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 16, 2012) — Two Knoxville News Sentinel reports appear to indicate that the corruption within the Monroe County, TN Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee judiciary and various district attorneys general offices is slowly being exposed.
In an article dated April 15, 2012, the News Sentinel reported that Knox County District Attorney General Special Counsel John Gill “had taken aim at a judge and a reporter” in an email to Deputy Attorney General Ben Whitehouse. The News Sentinel obtained the email under the Tennessee Open Records Act.
An older article dated January 20, 2011 relates the scheme assembled by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department to use a convicted “con man,” Todd J. Sweet, to pose as a lawyer to elicit a confession from another inmate, John Edward Dawson, Jr., whose case was “dismissed” because the detective’s “conduct [was] so legally vile.”
Detective James Patrick Henry obtained a position at a bank following his role in the scheme which involved Sweet. District Attorney General Steve Bebb, who has been identified as corrupt by Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, reportedly advised Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens to “stay away” from inmate Todd Sweet. However, during testimony in Dawson’s case, Bivens said he was “vaguely aware” of the plot against Dawson and “did not order a probe of Henry’s actions or take any disciplinary action” against him.
In the report about Sweet, Dawson and Henry, the writer identifies Judge Amy Reedy as “Amy Leedy,” who had refused too dismiss the case after the scheme was discovered and made public. Reedy has stated that it is her goal to “log one million years” in human incarcerations during her career, and she has also been reported by Fitzpatrick as “hand-picking” Monroe County grand jurors for 2012.
The Post & Email has the entire story about Dawson from Sweet himself, including photos, and will be publishing it this week. Sweet has been communicating with The Post & Email through handwritten letters for the last several months, and has compared Monroe County to “a town in Cuba” because of its intimidation of the citizenry.
Fitzpatrick has spent considerable time in the Monroe County jail, much of it in solitary confinement, and last week The Post & Email was told by a state official that there is a plan to build a new jail. The current facility was placed under a “Plan of Action” last year, which necessitates upgrades to code or the construction of a new facility. The jail has been cited for overcrowding, and several inmates have stated that the plumbing is faulty and the temperature kept at 55 degrees. Fitzpatrick described having drunk inmates thrown into the cell with him with no warning and having to physically defend himself against them. During much of his time spent there, he slept “on a concrete floor.”
The Post & Email has reported on judicial corruption in Knox County and Madison County, TN. To our knowledge, the Tennessee General Assembly has refused to take action against rogue judges, and the members we have contacted have never responded to our emails or phone calls.