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by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 30, 2012) — At approximately 10:40 a.m. EDT today, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III contacted The Post & Email to inform us that his hearing scheduled for this morning at 9:00 a.m. has been postponed to Friday, May 4, at 1:00 p.m.

Fitzpatrick was told in front of witnesses that a letter had been mailed to his address of record informing him of the postponement, but Fitzpatrick said he never received it.

Today, he was given a copy of an unsigned letter by deputy court clerk Darlene Moser, “with Marty Cook standing in the background with her arms crossed,” which he stated bore the date of April 25, 2012.   Fitzpatrick said that the letter had been directed to the address he had given the court upon his discharge from jail on February 9, 2012, but also included a post office box number not belonging to the same person or parties.  Therefore, a combination of two addresses was used to send the letter.  Fitzpatrick stated that a contact phone number had also been provided to the court upon his release.

Several supporters of Fitzpatrick attended this morning.  Fitzpatrick was informed that Judge Walter C. Kurtz will be presiding over the case which charged him with taking government papers from the courtroom on December 7, 2011.

An observer this morning commented:

The hearing was postponed to Friday at 1300.
Walt was not notified, as usual.  Seven folks showed up.
The clerk said the notification was returned.  The address used was verified to be correct by the owner.
The clerk said the phone was not answered.  Walt verified the number was correct.  The clerk said no message was left.
Someone overheard Walt say the hearing was canceled and asked if the court proceedings were canceled.  The sheriff’s deputy
who screens people said no just Walt’s hearing.  So most everyone except Walt knew his hearing was postponed.

This is the same procedure they use when they issue a notice to appear.  That is followed by breaking his door down and arresting him after he is beaten.

The scan is the notice that was issued last Wednesday.  It announces the name of the judge that will preside at the hearing.  Walt was not even put on copy of that but got it from the clerk after asking for it.

Order from Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia Clark appointing Judge Walter C. Kurtz to hear the case against Fitzpatrick for allegedly taking government documents from the Monroe County courthouse on December 7, 2011

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  1. This judge is from Nashville (west TN)and may not be part of the corruptocrats in east TN, maybe.
    The bright side of this guy is that he was U.S. Army Viet Nam, non-com and went to school on the GI bill after he got out.
    A quick look at some of his cases seems to show he is honest.
    One can only hope, and pray.