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by Sharon Rondeau

(May 5, 2014) — On Friday, The Post & Email received an initial response to an email sent to Sandra Donaghy, Republican candidate for Criminal Court Judge in the Tenth Judicial District of Tennessee, where The Post & Email has exposed systemic judicial corruption over more than four years.

Donaghy is currently engaged in a primary contest with Atty. Van Irion which concludes on Tuesday evening.  The winner will face Judge Amy Armstrong Reedy in August.

Reedy has served for slightly more than eight years, having been chosen to fill a vacancy by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen and then elected in her own right in August 2006.  On December 7, 2011, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) reported observing Reedy hand-picking grand jurors for the new 2012 term in open court in addition to other transgressions, including allowing a “jaundiced jury” to convict a man of murder and sentence him to life in prison without proper forensic evidence from law enforcement.

The Tenth Judicial District includes the counties of Monroe, Polk, Bradley and McMinn Counties located in the southeastern corner of Tennessee.

In our response to Donaghy’s reply, we shared some of the research, supported by documentation, which shows that grand juries in the Tenth Judicial District and throughout the state of Tennessee are illegally-constructed and influenced by court personnel.  We included a complete article on the case of Marvin Young, who was charged with two crimes without any evidence after he exposed the forgery of his father’s will to the person who inherited the estate through fraud.

There is evidence that Tenth Judicial District government operatives have worked with the Obama regime to defame, imprison, and spread false information about Fitzpatrick and another Navy veteran who is serving a four-year prison term for a crime “that never happened.”  Moreover, the murder of former Elections Commissioner Jim Miller has not been solved despite strong evidence pointing to three men who committed the crime in “a government hit.”

We also informed Donaghy that while the Monroe County Criminal Court claimed that the grand jury foreman is a bona fide juror and has signed indictments which were pursued based on that claim, the Tennessee Attorney General stated in a brief last fall that the grand jury foreman never has been and “is not a juror,” as he or she is selected at the sole discretion of the criminal court judge.

The Fifth Amendment states that anyone accused of “a capital, or otherwise infamous crime” cannot be charged without the review of a grand jury, which is expected to be composed of citizens exercising independent analysis uninfluenced by government prosecutors or operatives.  With the introduction of a judge’s personal pick of the foreman, the grand jury cannot operate in an unbiased manner.  The Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure state that the foreman “must possess all the qualifications of a juror,” which include selection by random, “automated means.”

In accordance with state code, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference maintains that a grand jury comprises 13 members obtained from the jury pool, not 12 members plus a judicially-appointed foreman.

No one in elected office in Tennessee who has been contacted by The Post & Email about the corruption in the courts has responded.

Included in our response was the question of whether or not Donaghy or her campaign was involved in the publication of a full-length columnar ad in The Daily Post-Athenian authored by two local attorneys which disparaged Irion by stating that he “is not qualified.”  The ad resembled one of Donaghy’s in talking points and format.  On Friday, Irion took issue with the ad by issuing a press release stating that the two attorneys, William P. Biddle, III and H. Chris Trew, had published “lies” about him which they should have known were false and therefore violated the ethics of their profession.  Irion stated that he had filed a report with a request for an investigation with the Board of Professional Responsibility as is required of him by the Rules of Professional Conduct.

On Monday morning, Donaghy responded to our second email as follows:

Dear Ms. Rondeau:
I appreciate you showing so much interest in our local judicial system. Please understand that I am unable to speak to the details of how Judge Reedy has been operating the grand jury process, a responsibility of the criminal court judge. Mr. Irion and I agree that Judge Reedy must go.  I suggest the greater issues are related to the cases that are being dismissed or reversed on appeal and the lack of professionalism in the courtroom.
As I said in my previous correspondence, if elected I intend to follow the law and operate the court in a professional manner. I shall be respectful to all who are present before the court.
Regarding your question about the ads placed in the Athens paper, I was not consulted prior to the publication of the document nor was I asked to approve it or pay for any portion. I still have not seen a copy. Regarding any ads I placed, I used only factual information to compare Mr. Irion’s and my credentials. Any similarity between the two documents is purely coincidental.
Sandra Donaghy

The Post & Email obtained a hard copy of the issue of The Daily Post-Athenian containing the advertisement of Biddle and Trew, who refused to grant us an interview after it was published.  The ad comprises the full length of the newspaper, which measures 20.5 inches from top to bottom, appears on the right side of page A5, and is 4.75 inches wide uniformly.

Donaghy’s campaign ad appears on page A11 in the lower right half of a full page and measures ten and three-eighths inches high by four and seven-eighths inches wide.

Irion’s ad appears on page A13 and measures seven and five-eighths inches high by exactly six and one-half inches wide and is also in the lower right half of a full page.

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  1. Isn’t this something that JUDICIAL WATCH would be interested in? Maybe they could help bring these criminals to justice?