Tennessee Prosecutor Paul D. Rush Cited for Alleged Ethics Violations


by Sharon Rondeau

(Jul. 22, 2012) — An Assistant District Attorney General of the Tenth Judicial District in Tennessee has been “issued a Petition for Discipline” by the Board of Professional Responsibility (BOPR), an ethics panel which is supervised by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The BOPR’s mission is “To make lasting contributions to society – by assisting the legal profession to maintain high standards of skill and conduct, a commitment to the rules of professional conduct, and a desire to render useful and efficient legal services at affordable costs, in a manner which is accepted as decent behavior.”

In the past, Rush has maligned The Post & Email, accusing it of a lack of integrity and “ethics.”   He has also made an issue out of LCDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III wearing his Navy uniform to court.

Rush has failed to return Fitzpatrick’s equipment as ordered by Senior Judge Walter C. Kurtz following a motions hearing on June 28.

Rush has placed telephone calls to Fitzpatrick’s address of record, asking the homeowner, “Are you an attorney?”  In response to Rush’s calls, Fitzpatrick commented, “He knows better than that.”

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, a complaint was filed by an attorney for a defendant who accused Rush of prosecutorial misconduct against his client.  A petition for discipline was issued on July 6, 2012, almost two years later.  Rush is accused by the BOPR of violating Rule 9, Section 3 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules.

Rush has been prosecuting a case of tampering with government records against Fitzpatrick.  Another Assistant District Attorney General, Jim Stutts, whom Fitzpatrick has identified as “a criminal,” has also been named as being the subject of a complaint.  Stutts has described Fitzpatrick as “a dangerous person.”


4 Responses to "Tennessee Prosecutor Paul D. Rush Cited for Alleged Ethics Violations"

  1. Pingback: Monroe County, TN: Prosecutor Moves to Public Defender’s Office | The Post & Email

  2. phrowt   Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Next, an indictment or two? Praise the Lord.

  3. A pen   Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    That both Rush and Jim Stutts showed their contempt for justice in that trial to the extent it resulted in a mistrial should result in both being at least suspended. Stutts should be disbarred for attempting to shield a criminal from prosecution. Then again what has become the M.O. of jurisprudence in this country is the end justifies the means so the penalties issued will not hamper the means to the end of judicial tyranny.

  4. meyerlm   Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Is there just a remote possibility of the beginning of “A Crack in the Armor of Injustice??!”

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