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“A LOT OF GOOD IS GOING TO COME OUT OF THIS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 14, 2014) — A Tennessee man has been released from state prison after his convictions on eight traffic violations were reversed by an appeals court last month.
George Raudenbush was officially released on Wednesday but first transferred to another prison. On Tuesday morning, he spoke with The Post & Email and stated that he had begun seeking temporary housing.
He spent more than two years in at least two state prisons following his convictions in August 2011 by a jury in Monroe County, TN, in the Tenth Judicial District, where corruption among the judges, grand jury and clerks has been exposed over the last four years. Raudenbush is a Christian missionary and said that he was able to minister to many men incarcerated for various crimes while there. He also said he has spent considerable time studying criminal law.
On December 3, the three-judge appellate panel released its opinion stating that because Tenth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Carroll Lee Ross failed to allow Raudenbush counsel, Raudenbush’s constitutional rights were violated and remanded the case back to the Criminal Court for retrial.
Public defender Richard Hughes, who had represented Raudenbush for the appeal, spoke with The Post & Email on December 23 about the reversal in Raudenbush’s case and explained that $1,000 had to be raised for Raudenbush to bond out of prison while awaiting a new trial. “It’s not every day you get a conviction reversed,” Hughes told us.
Last August, Ross announced that he will retire in August 2014.
Raudenbush said that he will have more time during the coming week to detail his experiences in prison, some of which he said were “incredible.”
We related to Raudenbush that the Tennessee legislature may vote to oust District Attorney General R. Steve Bebb; Assistant District Attorney Paul D. Rush was censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court; constitutional attorney Van Irion is running against Judge Amy Reedy for Criminal Court Judge in November; and Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division Kyle Hixson has written that the grand jury foreman is not and has never been considered a juror.
Raudenbush said that he is enjoying his new-found freedom. He told The Post & Email, “I am so appreciative of everything you’ve done.”
Of his experiences while in prison, Raudenbush stated, “All of this has happened for a reason. A lot of good is going to come out of this.”