“DUMB AND SILENT WE MAY BE LED, LIKE SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 25, 2014) — The following email was sent in response to an article published on Wednesday following the trial of CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) on three charges for attempting to present criminal evidence to the McMinn County grand jury over a series of months.
Fitzpatrick was acquitted of “harassment” but convicted of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” for accusing the former grand jury foreman, Jeff Cunningham, of malfeasance, along with Tenth Judicial District judges and prosecutors. A charge of “stalking” was thrown out before the jury began its deliberations on Tuesday morning.
Good evening, Mr. Morgan.
I commend you for attempting to be fair in your write-up of the recent Fitzpatrick trial. I hope that my email to you several months ago encouraged you to look at both sides of the issue rather than simply toe the government line.
You did not include, however, the fact that Cunningham threatened Fitzpatrick with arrest in February, then followed through with it on March 18 when Fitzpatrick was sitting outside of the court clerk’s office minding his business reading a book. Since when was that a prosecutable crime?
You also fail to mention that no jury can have a member who is hand-picked by a judge, which all of your grand juries have. Cunningham testified on Monday that he acquired the position of grand jury foreman after Judge Amy Reedy made a phone call to his home one evening and asked, “Would you like to be my next grand jury foreman?”
That is precisely why no judge can be allowed to choose anyone on a grand jury or trial jury. The idea that judges in your part of the country can bring in anyone “from wherever they choose” is absolutely preposterous and illegal. There is nothing in state code which allows it; the judges simply created the ability when no one was watching. Perhaps that dates back to the 1946 Battle of Athens.
Without clean grand juries, we do not have a constitutional republic; we have tyranny. Is that what citizens in your area want?
Blackwood broke the law multiple times during the trial, or did you not notice? Were you in the courtroom? Did you review the recordings of Blackwood’s arbitrary allowance of some things but exclusion of others?
You also omitted the fact that Cunningham was supposed to be Fitzpatrick’s accuser and then denied that he ever filed a police report or criminal complaint. That left the defendant without an accuser. If you read the Tennessee constitution, it says in Article I, Section 9 that a defendant has the right to confront his accuser. Who was the accuser, then, if not Cunningham? Legally and constitutionally, it cannot be the state or prosecutor’s office, but no one in your area seems to understand that.
With the verdict that was delivered on Tuesday, every person’s right to petition the grand jury in the Tenth Judicial District is now infringed upon. Have you read the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights? It says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Article I, Section 2 of your constitution states:
That government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
Instead, you have allowed government to enslave you. Are the people of your area truly willing to sacrifice their neighbors, children, friends and loved ones to years of prison for doing what the Constitution says we as “free” people can do?
What are the ramifications going forward when a citizen cannot approach his county grand jury with a concern, including that the grand jury foreman is compromised, serving illegally, and pretending to be something he isn’t?
Your grand juries and trial juries are tainted beyond recognition from the intention of the Founders. They are corrupt, just like the judges who hand-pick them.
Fitzpatrick made no false statements; it was Carter who lied his entire way through the trial along with Cunningham, who first said that he was “threatened” by Fitzpatrick and then rescinded his statement on both Monday, June 16 and Monday, June 23.
Every time you allow the government to do what it just did to one of your citizens, you are furthering the tyranny which comes from a creeping police state. Remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.
Next time, Mr. Morgan, it could be someone you know and care about who the government targets.
I’d like to see this response published at The Daily Post-Athenian as an op-ed, but I doubt I will. Is freedom of speech permitted in your community or not?
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
― George Orwell, author of 1984
Perhaps the people of Tennessee are willing to give up their freedom in the face of bullying judges and their cronies, but this New Englander is not. The Post & Email will continue to report on corruption in eastern Tennessee until it is purged. There are hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of your citizens rotting in jails and prisons across your state because of corrupt juries and judges who prey off of you by stealing your hard-earned money and using it to further their nefarious activities. They are operating a criminal syndicate, collecting outrageous payments from a catatonic state government using your fellow Tennesseans to feed it. The victimization of your community by the judiciary is breathtaking and, frankly, revolting.
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT 06076