WHAT IS THE NEXUS AMONG TENNESSEE JUDGES, THE U.S. CONGRESS, AND OBAMA’S TREASON?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 23, 2012) — On May 14, 2012, after several trials, incarcerations, and attempts to present information to the Monroe County grand jury, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III discovered that county grand juries had no place in Tennessee state law as of 1984. Since publicizing the laws which are still listed as current in the Tennessee Code Annotated of 2011-2012, the response from prosecutors, lawyers and the courts themselves has been subdued, if not non-existent. One prosecutor argued that “county court” and “circuit court” are interchangeable terms, although the law states otherwise.
Since county criminal courts should therefore not exist in Tennessee, Fitzpatrick’s citizen’s arrest of former “grand jury foreman” Gary Pettway was legitimate, and his claim that the “Monroe County Grand Jury” was “not operating under the law have been proved correct. However, at the time, Judge Carroll Ross charged Fitzpatrick with riot, intimidation and other crimes, two of which ended in convictions, in a court which ultimately was shown to have had no jurisdiction.
Before his discovery of the laws, Fitzpatrick had filed a complaint with the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary (TCOJ) about the judges’ use of the same grand jury foreman for many consecutive years. The response received from the “Disciplinary Counsel,” J.S. Daniel, was that he could not act because “the statute requires allegations of specific fact which would cause a reasonable person to believe that there is a substantial probability that the judge has completed judicial misconduct.” Mr. Daniel did not cite the 1984 laws which mandated that two grand juries be empaneled each year, that the judge could choose the foreman, but that each grand jury would be dismissed after its work was done, including the foreman.
Local Tennessee newspapers have been informed of the laws which were never observed, but none has approached The Post & Email for further information. On June 15, during a live chat session in which a reporter of 18 years’ duration at the Knoxville News Sentinel was “discussing” a threat made by Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood against District Attorney General Randy Nichols, The Post & Email submitted four comments regarding 1984 laws. We received no response, and after publishing two of the comments, we were banned from the discussion.
One respondent to our comments which were published during the live chat stated that “county grand juries” were still allowable because “jurisdiction is still by county…,” but that is not what the law states.
Fitzpatrick has labeled as “criminals” Judges Carroll Ross, Jon Kerry Blackwood, Amy Reedy and all other judges presiding in county “criminal” courts, which never followed the legislature’s mandate by creating district courts. The new laws were designed to retain judges appointed or elected prior to the reorganization. TCA 16-16-102 stipulated that county courts were to hear civil matters only.
The section found in a hard-cover book of Tennessee Code Annotated titled “Notes to Decisions” regarding TCA 16-16-102 reads, in part:
Paragraph 3 reads:
3. Probate Jurisdiction.
The statutes make it clear that the county court is the probate court. The 1978 constitutional amendments superseded this court. Viewed realistically the probate court is just as much a part of our judicial system as the juvenile court. Probate judges are county officers…
and a law case is cited from 1980.
When Fitzpatrick contacted the News Sentinel reporter by telephone following the live chat on June 15, she told him that she “had never heard of district courts” during her career as a Tennessee reporter. She stated that she would do further research on the subject. The Post & Email has not been contacted by her or any other reporter who has been informed of the neglected 1984 laws.
The judges’ failure to reorganize as directed by the legislature in 1984 has resulted in illegally-convened grand juries, trial juries, arrests, criminal indictments, verdicts, and incarcerations of an unknown number and could affect federal courts as racketeering and other cases are filed against Tennessee county and state officials.
The Post & Email has requested information from the U.S. Marshals Service under the Freedom of Information Act in the case of Mr. Rex Peak, who reported that U.S. marshals visited his home in Florida on two occasions with an arrest warrant emanating from Judge Amy Reedy in the “Monroe County Criminal Court.”
Last week, Fitzpatrick reported that he met with an assistant to U.S. Representative John Duncan, whose district covers Knoxville, Monroe County and McMinn County. The assistant is also the chairman of the local Republican Party. Fitzpatrick told us that he informed Duncan’s assistant of the 1984 laws and ensuing judicial tyranny after the judiciary refused to comply with the legislature’s mandate. He included copies of two of his complaints of treason against Obama and told her, “The judges have taken the law into their own hands and are operating a government not found in our state or federal constitutions.”
Relating the judicial tyranny he has identified to Obama, Fitzpatrick told The Post & Email:
Mr. Obama is doing exactly the same thing. Why? Because there is no law enforcement agency in this country that will go in and arrest a judge, much less arrest a sitting resident of the White House. This goes right to Fast & Furious. Obama has been named in a complaint of treason because of Fast & Furious. That treason complaint is still on the table. Someone commented on Tuesday that Obama should be charged with treason over Fast & Furious, but it has already been done. Tennessee judges are blocking a treason complaint naming Barack Obama as the object by using a form of government that we cannot find in our state or federal constitutions, and they are committing treason themselves. There is treason left and right, and where do you take it when the courts themselves are engaged in the act of treason? The judges are doing exactly the same thing as Obama: operating their own government. And where do we go to get this in front of a grand jury?
Treason is treason in a way that we’ve never been able to look at it before. The judges at the federal level are protecting the judges at the state level. I told Duncan’s assistant that this has all come about because a military man trying to advance a criminal complaint against the fake commander-in-chief for treason. Mr. Obama is in commission of treason because of Fast & Furious and other things. I gave her two of the criminal complaints, and the Republican Party can use that. This Fast & Furious is going to grow.”
He then shared new information:
Back in the day, when I was facing the first trial, I got a copy of the rules for the actual conduct of attorneys in the Monroe County courtroom. I had read that these rules existed, and because I was defending myself, I had reviewed them. I was unaware at the time of what we know now about the 1984 laws. I had reason to open them up again now. I opened them up, and at the top of it, it says that the rules are for the “Tenth Judicial District” and that they apply to all four counties in the district. This is put out by the judges. It says that the judges shall declare in their rules how they’re going to have the grand juries picked, and it does not mention county grand juries.
Fitzpatrick has mailed hard copies of the rules to The Post & Email. Regarding the judiciary’s refusal to adhere to the new laws, he said:
This is what is so significant about what we’ve discovered about the dictatorship of the judiciary: stand up the grand juries, and if the judge doesn’t get it right, we should be able to question them. The judges are taking a beating in the state of Tennessee because of Jon Kerry Blackwood and Richard Baumgartner. This is another area where momentum is building and will explode at one point. All of these things are coming to a simultaneous collision.
Randy Nichols tried to sidestep the issue by saying that a “circuit court” is interchangeable with “county court,” but they’re not. The way we make the case that they’re not interchangeable is that before you have a county criminal court, you have to have in front of it first a legitimate county grand jury. Before you have a criminal court, you have to have a grand jury. In a federal criminal court, you have to have a federal grand jury before it. They’re companions. You can’t have one without the other. Can we interchange the word “circuit” when it comes to the county grand jury? Can I say “circuit grand jury?” Can I interchange those words there and say we’re going to use a “circuit grand jury?” Of course not. If the judge tries to play this game with me next week, it’s the same logic. A grand jury has to have a criminal court to which to report. That’s why the district grand jury reports to the district circuit criminal court, and if it’s not a circuit criminal court, then it’s the district grand jury reporting to the district criminal court. It’s very simple. Both the grand jury and court have the same name.
If these county courts are circuit courts, and they’re not, then you have to be able to call the grand juries “district grand juries.” You can’t use the word “circuit,” because the grand jury is not riding the circuit. The cases that would be brought to the district grand jury would be brought from all the counties in the district. They’d meet at the district court, probably picking a point that is equidistant from the farthest point of all of the counties, and then they would pay the grand jury members. They would come to a central point and meet when necessary, but they are not riding a circuit. So the words are not interchangeable. Besides that, I”m looking at the rules, and they say “Tenth Judicial District.” These words say nothing about the county court.
The judges have been doing anything that they want any time that they want anyplace that they want, and that is why Mr. Obama is now in the White House. It’s the same logic. We the people have no place to go for peaceful redress. We don’t have the grand jury, and we don’t have the judiciary. We have, in real terms, a judicial dictatorship, tyranny, oppression, which is exactly what the Founders predicted would happen if we did not pay attention to what the judiciary was doing. “Mr. Franklin, what have you given us?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Terry Lakin’s book is expected to be published this week, and there is an essay there written with Tim Harrington about the grand juries.
Mr. Obama has nothing but bad coming his way. Then Mr. Holder is going to be held in contempt of Congress, and then he should be pushed out.
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.