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by Sharon Rondeau

Knoxville was the original capital of the state of Tennessee

(Nov. 15, 2013) — On Friday evening, The Post & Email learned that a hearing in an appeal for CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) has been scheduled for Wednesday at the Tennessee Appellate Court at 505 West Main Street, Suite 200, Knoxville at 9:30 a.m.

Last December, Fitzpatrick was found “guilty” of taking documents from the Monroe County, TN courthouse in December 2011 after Irion was not allowed to present a defense, as is guaranteed by the Tennessee constitution and Bill of Rights.

Judge Walter C. Kurtz, a Vietnam veteran, presided over last year’s hearing.  Deputy District Attorney General Paul D. Rush prosecuted and presented the state’s case, upon which the jury based its decision.

Irion filed a request for a new trial at the end of December which was denied:  Fitz Mtn. New Trial filed

In motions hearings in advance of the trial, Fitzpatrick pointed out that the name of the chief court clerk, Martha M. Cook, was signed to the charging documents by an unauthorized person. While Kurtz said that the action was inadvisable, he allowed the charges to stand.

Rush has been found to have committed ethics violations by the Tennesse Board of Professional Responsibility (BOPR).  Last year, Rush called out this writer for a lack of “ethics” and “integrity” after she published redacted forms used by Monroe County to collect the personal data of prospective grand jurors.  However, Rush never contacted The Post & Email directly.

Grand juries and trial juries have been shown to be manipulated and illegally convened in Tennessee.  Many grand juries are given guidance by longstanding foremen who in some cases have served for decades at the pleasure of the local judge or judges in violation of state statute.   Judges also take an active role in choosing jurors.

In January, Irion submitted a Notice of Appeal on Fitzpatrick’s behalf:  Fitz Ntc. of Appeal filed

Irion’s appeal brief was filed on July 1:  Fitz Appeal Brief 4.4 and claimed a “defense of necessity” on Fitzpatrick’s part.  Irion also wrote that the individual serving as the grand jury foreman which indicted Fitzpatrick was not eligible to act in that capacity.

The hearing on Wednesday is open to the public.

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  1. Ps. I am very intuitive. You remember the Skakel case. I never belived Michael did it. I believed his brother Tommy did it. He never came forward and defended his brother; and yet he was right there he was the one who was obsessed with Martha.

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  2. More evidence of military railroading. I have to say that way back in the nineties or late eighties. Jeffrey McDonald was railroaded as well. I believe he was innocent. There has been much evidence that has come out such as witnesses that were witheld. McDoanld was at Fort Bragg a base where returning vets came to withdraw from the drugs they were exposed to. I believe that was when first words came out America was drug running but it was suppressed. I was so sure Jeff was innocent and he is. I sent him a NY Giants baseball cap to the Librarian in Lafayette who at the time was his contact. I got a letter back that said he couldn’t keep it but it would be given to him when he got out. I believe he was railroaded to keep him quiet about the drug running situation. He was treating returning vets for drugs. I was looking thru old boxes tonight thati what reminded me and I am looking or the letters but they may hae been lost in all the moves,. Anyhow, it is another case of how the military railroads ppl.