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TO DISCUSS FITZPATRICK VERDICTS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 21, 2014) — Last Thursday, The Post & Email’s editor, Sharon Rondeau, was a guest on Dr. Laurie Roth’s “The Roth Show” for an hour speaking about corruption in the Tennessee court system and specifically, the cases of Marvin William Young and CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.), both of whom have been falsely accused of serious crimes which threaten to imprison them for years or even decades.
Fitzpatrick was convicted on June 24 of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” without any corroborating evidence, the existence of a police report or criminal complaint, or witnesses other than Jeffrey Cunningham, the former grand jury foreman, who testified that he became angry that Fitzpatrick had tried to submit evidence to the McMinn County, TN grand jury naming him as a criminal.
In Tennessee, the criminal court judges have been allowed to appoint the foreman of the grand jury, who then serves as long as the judges desire. It defies the purpose of a grand jury to have a court-appointed member interacting, leading, and voting with the jurors who are purportedly selected by automated means, as the law requires.
Irion defended Fitzpatrick, contending that Fitzpatrick had done only “what the law plainly allows” in bringing a petition for redress of grievances to the grand jury. Irion asked Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood to dismiss the case, then dismiss some of the charges, which also included “stalking” and “harassment,” which Blackwood refused to do. Not only were all of the grand jurors who indicted Fitzpatrick compromised because of information Cunningham had imparted to them in January, but Blackwood also was familiar with at least several aspects of the case but did not recuse himself.
In a 2012 case publicized in the mainstream media, Blackwood entered into a shouting match with a prosecutor and was forced off the bench by an appellate court after the state attorney general became involved.
Irion claimed that the Tenth Judicial District, of which McMinn County is a part, was carrying out a “vindictive prosecution” against Fitzpatrick, who blew the whistle on the judicially-appointed grand jury foremen in neighboring Monroe County in 2009. As a result, Fitzpatrick was jailed six times in the Monroe County jail, which Fitzpatrick described as “a dungeon” and where his health deteriorated very rapidly each time.
Irion will be Roth’s guest during the second hour of her show on Monday, which will air at 11:00 p.m. EDT. The entire show is three hours and begins at 7:00 p.m. PDT/10:00 p.m. EDT.
As founder of Liberty Legal Foundation, Irion brought an eligibility lawsuit against Obama in Georgia in early 2012 and also challenged the constitutionality of Obamacare through a class action lawsuit. He unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary for criminal court judge this past spring against Sandra Donaghy, who is currently an assistant prosecutor in another district.
Irion has been admitted to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court and considers the U.S. Constitution before legal “precedent” in his approach to his practice of law.
Young does not currently have an attorney but was ordered to appear with one for his next “status hearing” on August 25. Judge Carroll Lee Ross, who is set to retire at the end of August, will preside. Ross hung up on The Post & Email two weeks ago when we reached him at his office.
Linda Jordan launched a new fund for Fitzpatrick’s legal expenses which will be given to Irion, who also set up a fund in 2012 when he began defending Fitzpatrick on a pro bono basis in Monroe County. Irion continues to work pro bono, although any donations over and above filing expenses and fees could possibly be used to offset the hundreds of hours he has put into exposing the inconsistencies, violations of law and Rules of Criminal Procedure routinely seen in eastern Tennessee.
Citizen complaints on the Tennessee court system, particularly as they relate to federal judges, have been lodged with the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Judiciary Committees and Judge Blackwood, whose contact information is here (scroll down).
The Post & Email asked after the verdicts were read if Blackwood himself had committed a crime and wrote a letter to FBI Director James B. Comey which will be published in the near future.
Thus far, none of the jurors has spoken publicly about his or her decision to vote to convict without an accuser or tangible evidence of a crime having been committed.
A petition demanding that Blackwood vacate the verdict from a “kangaroo court” has garnered 130 signatures as of this writing.
The Roth Show can be heard on KSBN.net. Roth told The Post & Email that she is widely circulating news of Fitzpatrick’s impending imprisonment following his sentencing hearing on August 19.