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AFTER TEN DAYS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 27, 2014) — 7:10 p.m. EDT – The Post & Email has learned from Atty. Van Irion that Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III has been released from the McMinn County Justice Center on bond.
An eyewitness at the hearing on Monday told The Post & Email that when Irion spoke on Fitzpatrick’s behalf in the courtroom, he said that Fitzpatrick was “arrested as he sat on a bench reading a book in the hallway in the courthouse.”
On Tuesday, March 18, Fitzpatrick went to the McMinn County courthouse in an attempt to submit evidence of crimes to the grand jury which had been blocked by former grand jury foreman Jeff Cunningham, who is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association and was hand-picked by Judge Amy Reedy.
Fitzpatrick had asked the TBA to immediately disbar Cunningham for serving as foreman when he is also a trained attorney in the field of “criminal law – prosecution.”
On Tuesday, Irion stated that the District Attorney, which The Post & Email presumes was R. Steven Bebb, filed a motion to revoke Fitzpatrick’s bond in Monroe County from a case arising in December 2011 which is pending on appeal. As of this writing, it is unknown if that motion was granted or some other action was taken.
In a follow-up email, Irion said, “The Monroe county motion will not be heard for at least a couple of weeks. Until then he is free.”