FAR FROM FAMILY IN GEORGIA
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 14, 2012) — Darren Huff, who was sentenced to four years in prison and two years’ probation in May by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas A. Varlan, has been relocated to a low-security prison in Texarkana, TX after spending a short time in both Georgia and Oklahoma following his sentencing.
Huff had traveled to Madisonville, TN to attend a hearing for Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III on April 20, 2010 after Fitzpatrick was arrested on April 1, 2010 after attempting a citizen’s arrest on Gary Pettway, the acting foreman of the Monroe County grand jury, for serving for more than 20 years consecutively in the position. Laws passed in 1984 later discovered to be still in place had ordered the trial court system in Tennessee to reorganize into districts, which never occurred.
Fitzpatrick has said that if the 28-year-old laws had come to light sooner, Huff would not be in prison today, as he had been trying to show his support for Fitzpatrick in exposing an out-of-control judiciary in Monroe County, of which Madisonville is the county seat.
Huff had been interviewed by the FBI on April 19, the night before the hearing but reportedly not forbidden to attend the hearing. The following day, he was stopped by members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol for allegedly following too closely and running through a stop sign, which Huff denies. The THP suggested that Huff lock up his firearms upon his arrival in Madisonville. Instead of waiting until then, Huff locked them in the toolbox in the back of his truck in the presence of the police officers.
Along with many other attendees, Huff was not allowed into the courtroom, but rather, went to a nearby restaurant for lunch. No one was arrested that day despite reports of people carrying guns. The FBI, TBI, local police, Tennessee Highway Patrol and other law enforcement had assembled a large presence around the courthouse and throughout the area that day in expectation of a militia attack and “courthouse takeover” allegedly communicated to them by William L. Bryan.
Both Huff and Fitzpatrick have denied any plot to “take over the courthouse” or commit any crime on April 20. Fitzpatrick has told The Post & Email that he was not aware that Huff would attend the assignment hearing which should have taken “five minutes.” Barton Gellman of TIME Magazine has described Huff and Fitzpatrick as “twisted patriots” without ever having interviewed them in what Fitzpatrick stated is an orchestrated government smear campaign.
Huff was arrested ten days later on April 30, 2010 for allegedly violating federal firearms laws, but court documents issued by Monroe County indicate erroneously that Fitzpatrick was charged federally. The charges stated that Huff had been engaged in interstate commerce, which he denied after researching the laws. Huff had told The Post & Email that he had been seeking assistance from law enforcement to conduct arrests of public officials violating the law in Monroe County.
Over the past three years, Fitzpatrick has reported on endemic corruption in Monroe County, including the rigging of grand juries and trial juries in violation of Tennessee state statutes; denial of legal representation by judges; denial of court transcripts to defendants, albeit altering such transcripts to omit certain statements made by the judge; a racketeering operation occurring within the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department; and allowing the conviction of a man on a murder charge without a police report having been generated.
To our knowledge, William L. Bryan has never been questioned about his role in presumably calling in the alleged threat, and the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain details of the communications among FBI and other officers regarding the perceived threat.
A law enforcement training package depicted Fitzpatrick and Huff as “sovereign citizens” capable of violence prior to Huff’s trial. Both have told The Post & Email that they had no violent intentions on April 20 or at any other time but were speaking out against government abuses. The training program was produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), FBI, TBI, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of Justice.
Fitzpatrick has stated that the Obama regime is targeting white men as “sovereign citizens” and him specifically for accusing Obama of treason for the first time on March 17, 2009. Subsequent complaints of treason have been lodged against Obama with no action from the FBI, a U.S. attorney or other law enforcement officer.
The information we received on Huff indicates that Huff was told that the label of “sovereign citizen” is noted “in his chart.” However, there is an outdoor area for exercise. Also reported are access to television and email. Phone calls cost $3.50 for 15 minutes. The food is described as better than that in Oklahoma, Georgia, and Blount County, TN, where he was housed while awaiting trial.
Huff had a Facebook page prior to his federal trial which he requested be removed.
Darren Huff can receive letters at the following address:
Darren Huff 32789-074
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 7000
TEXARKANA, TX 75505
Please make sure to include a return address.
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