“HERE’S YOUR PROOF”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 28, 2012) — At a breakfast meeting held by State Representative John Forgety this morning, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III informed Forgety and others in attendance of the 1984 laws passed by the Tennessee General Assembly which had ordered the redistricting of the state’s trial courts.
It was Fitzpatrick’s first meeting with Forgety, as Fitzpatrick recently moved to the district from Sweetwater. Forgety spent 20 years in the Army National Guard, is a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent, and is campaigning for re-election in November.
Fitzpatrick asked Forgety for a business card but was told that he didn’t have one. “On my second attempt to speak with him, I drove it home about what’s going on here,” Fitzpatrick said, referring to the judicial corruption on which The Post & Email has reported extensively over the last two years.
“He told me this morning that he didn’t know anything about problems with the judiciary,” Fitzpatrick said, and subsequently asked for a personal meeting with him.
“At this meeting, there were a whole bunch of people: Scotty Mayfield, who is running for Congress; a woman named Jeri Bryant, who is one of the judges out of Monroe County, TN; and Dick Pelley, a professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College and a member of the city council. He is the commander of the local American Legion, so I gave him a set of cards: one of yours and one of mine. I did not give any cards to Jeri Bryant or Scotty Mayfield. Bryant is involved in my case; she’s the one who signed the search warrant for my house,” Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick reported that the chair of the local Republican Party was there as well as U.S. Rep. John Duncan. “I’ve notified the Republican Party several times now about what’s going on, and there’s been no response,” Fitzpatrick said.
He met the county mayor and McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy, whom Fitzpatrick asked to also meet with personally.
Toward the end of the two-hour meeting, someone approached Fitzpatrick and said, “Hi, Walt, my name is Mike Bell.” Bell is the state senator from the ninth district. Fitzpatrick gave Bell two business cards and asked to meet with him. Fitzpatrick had not known Bell would be there but had his three-ring binder with the state laws which laid out the redistricting plan in 1984. “I know that you met with XXXX about a month ago, and you’ve been told about what’s been going on here with the judiciary, and I’m told that your response to Mr. XXXX’s report to you about these laws was that you didn’t believe him,” Fitzpatrick said.
Bell reportedly replied, “Well, XXXX didn’t have any proof.” Fitzpatrick then responded, “So in front of witnesses, I opened up my binder and said, ‘Here’s the proof.’ I went through it page by page. He started to respond, and I said, ‘Not here, not now;’ if you want to talk about this, at another time and place. But here’s your proof.”
Bell then asked Fitzpatrick if Fitzpatrick could “send” him copies of the laws, to which Fitzpatrick replied, “I’m giving this package to you this morning. Here, take them with you.”
Fitzpatrick said that when he noted Bell leaving the restaurant, he did not see the copies of the laws in his hand.
Today The Post & Email has contacted both Bell and Forgety by email regarding our extensive compilation of articles on judicial corruption in Tennessee. Both have been offered complimentary subscriptions in the event they wish to learn more.
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.