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by Todd Joseph Sweet, ©2013

East Tennessee has long been known for its lawlessness and particularly for the Battle of Athens, in which a corrupt sheriff and his deputies were ousted by returning World War II veterans for election rigging and other malfeasance

(Apr. 15, 2013) — [Editor’s Note:  The following article was received by The Post & Email on April 15, 2013 and relates to Todd Sweet’s post-conviction petition filed with the Monroe County, TN court last June.

The Post & Email has covered the cases of Sweet, Walter Fitzpatrick, Darren Huff, Mark Lipton, Rex Peak, and George Raudenbush over the last three years, during which systemic corruption in eastern Tennessee has been exposed, particularly within the judiciary.

Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. recently exonerated District Attorney General Steve Bebb from alleged wrongdoing, but some citizens remain unconvinced and petitioned their representatives in the legislature to investigate further.  As a result, legislators from both chambers stated that they would act to subpoena documentation from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) if necessary.  The TBI reportedly participated in the initial investigation of Bebb and several of his associates but has been known to violate the law itself and hang up on people calling to report public corruption.

The Monroe County sheriff and some of his detectives are documented law-breakers, and anyone speaking out against the corruption is threatened with his life.]


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