“THERE IS NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES”
by Sharon Rondeau
In February, Young made an hour-long video explaining how he found that his father’s will was forged and his estate stolen by the man who quickly married Young’s father’s widow.
On Tuesday morning, The Post & Email placed calls to Tellico Plains Police Chief Jeb Brown, the new Tenth Judicial District chief prosecutor, Steve Crump, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, and Judge Carroll Lee Ross to ask a few questions.
Crump was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to complete the remainder of the term vacated by R. Steven Bebb, who reportedly “submitted his resignation in May,” which happened to coincide with subpoenas issued to members of Bebb’s staff in the case of State v. Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, 14-CR-69.
The Tenth Judicial District comprises the counties of Monroe, Polk, Bradley and McMinn in the southeast corner of Tennessee bordering with North Carolina.
The indictments issued by the Monroe County grand jury charging Young are here: MARVIN YOUNG INFO20140703_10421826
When we called the Tellico Plains Police Department and asked to speak with Brown, he answered our questions but did not immediately identify himself. He explained that he charged Young with the firearm violation but that the other charges emanated from Monroe County, in which Tellico Plains is located. When we stated that we have noted systemic judicial corruption in the area, Brown responded, “Well, we have a new district attorney general…”
We then called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and asked to speak with Lt. Det. Tonia Norwood, who signed the two Affidavits of Complaint for the kidnapping and burglary charges, respectively. The secretary told us that she was not sure if Det. Norwood was in the office. We were asked our identification and the name of our publication, and after providing it, were connected to an extension which rang indefinitely without voice mail. After letting the phone ring ten times, we hung up.
Norwood is listed as the only witness for the state as to all three charges. Her name also appears at the bottom of the indictment as “Prosecutor.” The signature of “A.W. Carter, ADA” appears above the line which reads:
FOR R. STEVEN BEBB, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PURSUANT TO T.C.A.8-7-103
June R. Thompson signed her name as “Foreman of the Grand Jury.” Grand juries in Tennessee do not operate as the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TDAGC) nor state law dictate, as the criminal court judges have been permitted to appoint an unvetted person as foreman without demonstrating that the individual meets the requirements as stated in their own Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 6(g)(2).
Bebb ignored evidence of forgery, fraud and the absconding of Young’s father’s estate which Young presented to Bebb two years ago. Young also spoke with Det. Calvin Rockholdt in a 40-minute face-to-face interview with the same documentation, after which Rockholdt took no action.
Carter was Fitzpatrick’s prosecutor and is noted to have misrepresented the facts during the trial on June 23. Carter also tried to quash all of the subpoenas requested by Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, but succeeded in quashing just two: one for Rockholdt, and one for Monroe County Chief Clerk Martha M. Cook.
After Fitzpatrick exposed the long-serving Monroe County grand jury foreman as a law-breaker in 2010, Cook told a local newspaper that a criminal court judge can select the grand jury foreman “from wherever they choose.”
When we called Crump at the Athens, TN district office, we were told to contact him in the main office in Cleveland, TN. Crump was sworn in by Judge Carroll Ross on July 1, replacing R. Steven Bebb, who resigned nearly three months before he was expected to leave his post and which was reported in the national media.
Ross is trying Young’s case, the next hearing for which is scheduled for August 25.
The voice mail system for Crump greets the caller with, “This is Bebb. Leave a message,” which we did, stating that we possess evidence that Young has been falsely accused and indicted so that his father’s estate can continue to be exploited.
It was after Young showed his documentation to Larry David Godwin, who is now in possession of Young’s father’s sizable estate, that Young was charged with the kidnapping and burglary charges, which could put him in state prison for the remainder of his natural life.
Bebb signed the grand jury’s presentment against CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) date-stamped “12:30” on March 18, 2014 charging Fitzpatrick with aggravated perjury, stalking, harassment and extortion. While the indictments state that former McMinn County grand jury foreman Jeffrey Cunningham was the victim of the alleged crimes, during a pre-trial hearing on June 16 and the June 23 trial, Cunningham denied having filed any formal charges against Fitzpatrick.
Bebb was accused of assaulting and then firing female co-worker approximately seven weeks before he resigned.
Despite the absence of an accuser, the jurors convicted Fitzpatrick on the perjury and extortion charges, with an acquittal on the harassment charge and the “stalking” charge having been dismissed by Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood. Blackwood himself had been compromised for having dismissed a petition for a restraining order against then-accuser Jeffrey Cunningham the day prior to Fitzpatrick’s arrest.
On Monday, The Post & Email left a message with Blackwood’s office that it has contacted the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees to request a formal investigation into Tennessee courts as it relates to corruption in the federal courts, the latter of which is Congress’s purview. We submitted information to both media representatives of collusion between Monroe County officials and at least one, but possibly more, federal judges at the U.S. District Court in Knoxville.
When we spoke with Brown today, we informed him of the same.
Larry David Godwin had married Young’s stepmother, his father’s widow, Deborah Jean. Within 18 months, Deborah Jean passed away under what are now considered to be suspicious circumstances. After Young went to speak with Godwin and showed him the evidence he possessed that his father’s last will and testament had been created fraudulently, Godwin accused Young of kidnapping and burglary.
On Tuesday morning, Young attended a hearing in Monroe County on a petition for an order of protection for which he applied after a material witness related to him that Godwin had said, “The next time I see Young, I’m going to kill him.”
Judge J. Michael Sharp presided over today’s hearing, which Young attended alone. Godwin brought his attorney, Clifford Wilson, who happens to be blind. The owner of the real estate office where Young was arrested, and he noted that a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy and numerous other people attended on Godwin’s behalf. Young said the hearing last less than five minutes and culminated in a denial of his petition because Sharp said that the email Young had in his possession was not strong enough evidence of the perceived threat.
Judge J. Reed Dixon signed the probate documents relating to Young’s father’s estate, although Young said that all the legitimate documents were not there. Young told us: “He said that affidavit of attesting witness was up to par, but it wasn’t. It was six years after the alleged will; the signatures don’t even match on the estate; this is a computer-printed will. But it’s funny that the one who filed this thing through Clifford Wilson’s office used Clifford Wilson to make both of her wills, but my dad, with a seven-figure estate, is going to print off a single page printed off the internet and not even spell his name right? It’s just insanity. There’s no reason why Judge Dixon shouldn’t be able to look at this piece of paper and want to get as far away from it as he can, unless he’s “in” on it and he helped to put it through, which we need proof of, and that’ll just hammer him even harder. A lot of these people, if you back them into a corner and give ’em an opportunity to get out of it, they’ll get out of it. There’s no honor among thieves. If he was confronted with this, with undisputed proof that he pushed a document through Probate Court with signatures on it that were illegal, ill-gotten gain…all ths stuff is bogus, and he signed off on every bit of it. If I had him on the phone, I would say, ‘Mr. Dixon, were you aware of all of this?’ ‘No.’ ‘Then good, I’m going to fax you the information, and after you see it, you have an obligation at that point. You’ve already told me you haven’t seen this, that you’re not in on this, so when you see the proof, you ought to do it. If not, can we assume that you’re part of it?'”
Judge Carroll Ross told Young to bring an attorney with him at the next hearing on August 25 even though Young is unemployed and indigent. At 12:10 p.m. EDT, The Post & Email contacted Ross at his office in Athens, TN. When Ross himself answered the phone, we stated who we were and the name of our publication. Ross then quickly replied, “I am well aware of who you are, and I can’t talk to you. I can’t talk to you.” When we began to ask if there were someone else with whom we could speak, Ross hung up on us.
Ross had ejected Fitzpatrick from the courtroom in August 2011 when Fitzpatrick began taking notes with a fountain pen on the trial of George Raudenbush. Ross denied Raudenbush his constitutional right to an attorney for his trial, and after spending more than two years in state prisons, Raudenbush’s convictions were reversed on appeal.
“I would be financially able to fight this situation if I had that, and Godwin would not be able to fight it if he didn’t have it. His whole financial wherewithal comes from this ill-gotten gain. He’s not only stolen my family’s birthright; he’s using it to prosecute us. He’s using money; he doesn’t have to work; he can hire an attorney to fight this stuff…” Young told us. “If we can just get people to look at the proof of this will and put a freeze on these assets and remove him from that house until this criminal situation is over and done with, it would be over with, because #1, he wouldn’t have the money; #2, he wouldn’t have a place to stay. He was living in a 12-foot camper on his brother’s property before he stole my father’s house, so he went from that to a seven-figure estate. So where’s the motive, right?”
Those documents speak for themselves. There were multiple documents witnessed with no signatures on them. Who in the world witnesses things that nobody’s ever signed? How much more proof do I have to have?
The Post & Email also spoke with a clerk at the General Sessions Court, where Judge J. Reed Dixon presides over probate and other civil matters.