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by Sharon Rondeau

James B. Comey is an attorney and served as deputy attorney general between December 2003 and August 2005. He has also worked in private industry. Comey was confirmed by the Senate as FBI Director last July for a ten-year term.

(Jul. 21, 2014) — The following letter was mailed to FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday, July 14, 2014.  The Post & Email will advise if a response is received.


July 13, 2014

Director James B. Comey
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI Headquarters
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Dear Director Comey:


I am writing to you on an urgent matter involving massive public corruption in the Tenth Judicial District of Tennessee, which includes the counties of Monroe, McMinn, Bradley and Polk.

For nearly five years, my publication, The Post & Email (www.thepostemail.com) has covered government corruption in a way that the mainstream media has failed to do.  Early in our online presence, several individuals from eastern Tennessee and the Tenth District specifically approached me with documentation showing the complete corruption of the courts which has resulted in a prisoners-for-profit scheme and the incarceration of hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of innocent people over many years.

The corruption is not simply “a state matter,” as a hotline employee told crime victim Marvin Young on Saturday, July 12, 2014.  The FBI has investigated and made arrests before in Tennessee through the fairly recent actions of “Tennessee Waltz” http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2008/may/tennesseewaltz_050208 and “Tradin’ Paint”  http://www.justice.gov/usao/tne/public_corruption.html.

Over the last four years, however, multiple reports of false imprisonment, rigged juries, human trafficking and racketeering have been made to the Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN FBI field offices without result.  Nearly every day, Tennessee citizens are being unjustly deprived of their liberty, livelihoods, property, their children, and their federal civil rights under 42 1983 USC http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/1983 by a thoroughly corrupt judicial system which has been in place for decades, aided by Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens and many others.

The manufacture and sale of illegal drugs in the area, possibly the fuel for the widespread corruption, is unlikely limited to the state of Tennessee, which borders a total of eight other states.

In a most egregious case in which an innocent victim could face 40 years in prison, Tellico Plains, Monroe County resident Larry David Godwin “inherited” a sizable estate from his deceased wife, who had previously been married to Charles William Young until his death.  Charles’s son Marvin, the victim, was wrongly accused of two felonies after discovering and proving that his father’s purported will was fraudulently created and a forged signature applied to it in 2011.

Several months after Charles Young died, Deborah Jean married Godwin. Seven months later, she was dead under very suspicious circumstances.  Instead of calling the medical examiner to complete an autopsy and identify the body, Godwin called Bivens.

Godwin has a long criminal history in Polk County, FL, not to be confused with the Polk County in Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District.  His record includes “battery” and “possession of stolen property” (documentation enclosed).

After Deborah Jean died, Godwin became the inheritor of her estate, worth seven figures, which had been Charles Young’s, from which Godwin is now rapidly selling off assets.

Marvin, who had been living and operating a business in Florida for many years, took action after discovering the forgery of his father’s will.  He provided documentation to then-District Attorney R. Steven Bebb, investigator Calvin Rockholdt, Bivens, and lastly, Godwin with proof of the forgery, an hour after which Godwin filed false charges against Young.

Bivens and Bebb are aware that the charges are false. There exists no sworn statement or police report to support them. Last month, the judge in the case, Carroll Ross, denied Young, who is now indigent, his federally-protected right to counsel.   Ross has done the same in other cases, one of which was reversed specifically on that constitutional violation.  https://www.tncourts.gov/sites/default/files/raudenbushgeorgejosephopn.pdf

The motive for Godwin’s false charges is obvious:  to eliminate Marvin as a threat to Godwin’s ill-gotten wealth and assets, which were unlikely reported to the IRS after they were acquired.

When another victim of rigged Tennessee juries, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) went to the Knoxville FBI four years ago to report multiple crimes, including jury-rigging, the agent retorted that rigged juries are customary in Tennessee.  “Live with it!” http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/05/24/tennessee-judge-openly-seeks-conviction-of-defendant/ Fitzpatrick was told.

Fitzpatrick has called and returned to the Knoxville office on multiple occasions, but nothing appears to have been done.

An agent at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) hung up on him when he attempted to report the crime and its perpetrators, a recording I have in my possession.  “Go bother somebody else,” the agent told him.

Although the hotline agent tried to say to both Young and me that Young’s problem is “a state matter,” there is no “law enforcer” in the state of Tennessee, including the TBI and Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr., willing to investigate public officials.  Young has personally spoken with Cooper, who told him that because Bebb was “elected,” he could not investigate him, which was false on its face.  However, between August 2012 and March 2013, Cooper was forced to conduct an investigation into Bebb’s actions because of multiple allegations of criminal wrongdoing reported in The Chattanooga Times Free Press.  http://freetimespress.com/news/2013/mar/26/3-26-a1-report-state-wont-prosecute-bebb/  Not surprisingly, Cooper exonerated Bebb of criminal acts, stating that any missteps he made in the performance of his duties were a result of simply “mismanagement” or “poor judgment.”  Cooper’s office also contended in an appellate brief last fall that criminal court judges’ hand-selecting of a grand jury foreman is acceptable, even though it contradicts Tennessee law.

When a Tennessee legislative panel tried to oust Bebb http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/aug/15/panelwants-bebbousted/,  the Board of Professional Responsibility protected him http://timesfreepress.com/news/2014/mar/19/tennessee-board-tosses-bebb-ethics-complaint/ , stating that he was “answerable to no one.”  http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/cases/10thjd/report.pdf

Cooper, who is the chief law enforcement officer of the state, will now no longer accept calls from Marvin Young about the wrongful accusations against him and the corruption which led to the stealing of his father’s estate by Godwin.  Cooper’s failure to investigate and prosecute the real criminals is a crime in and of itself.  Gov. Bill Haslam has been made aware on many occasions of the rampant criminality going on in the courts but has taken no action on it.

I have written to Cooper to request an investigation into the Young case but do not expect a response.

Young’s next “status hearing” is August 25.  On July 12 he received a letter threatening the revocation of his bond for being a “menace to society” by having requested a restraining order against Godwin, who had reportedly threatened to kill him.

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee states on his website, “If you have information about public corruption in your community, please speak up. Both the TBI and the FBI have jurisdiction to investigate public corruption. For state officials, the TBI is the primary investigative agency. For federal officials, please contact the FBI.”  http://www.justice.gov/usao/tne/public_corruption.html

However, when the TBI refuses to investigate the perpetrators because they are the very people to whom the TBI looks for authorization, and when the state attorney general is himself ignoring the law, there is nowhere else to turn except the FBI.  I am therefore seeking immediate FBI intervention.

We also have information that Tenth Judicial District misconduct involves federal judges and have shared that evidence with the media contacts for both the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees, requesting an investigation.

We know that the Tenth Judicial District was involved in the murder of Mr. Jim Miller, who was brutally killed on July 17, 2010.  It is believed that Miller, a Monroe County elections commissioner, was about to come forward with allegations of public corruption.  Two of the likely perpetrators are serving time in federal prison on drug convictions but were not charged in Miller’s death.  Instead, a woman who could not have committed the crime alone was convicted for “helping unnamed others” allegedly carry out the crime.  http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/oct/04/convicted-in-monroe-officials-killing-jessica-22/

Why haven’t the “others” been identified?  “It was a government hit,” Fitzpatrick has said many times of Miller’s murder.  http://www.thepostemail.com/2014/01/10/exposure-of-tennessee-corruption-comes-full-circle/

Fitzpatrick reported his own research as a result of conversations he overheard about Miller’s murder to the FBI, but no one ever interviewed him.  http://conpats.blogspot.com/2014/01/corruption-runs-deep-in-tennessee-county.html

Those he identified were the individuals later incarcerated on the unrelated charges.

In 2001, Fitzpatrick testified to the congressional Cox Commission on the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):  http://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law/pdf/Cox-Commission-Report-2001.pdf

“The Madisonville Hoax” was carried out by a collaboration of local, county, state, and federal law enforcers on April 20, 2010 and cost approximately $450,000 in unnecessary police presence.  Ten days after no incidents were reported, Darren Wesley Huff was arrested for what he was allegedly “thinking” of doing.  As a result of tainted witnesses such as Bebb and Bivens, Huff remains in a federal prison today, an innocent man.  http://thejaghunter.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/the-madisonville-hoax-an-executive-brief/

Another Monroe County man was sentenced to life in prison without so much as a police report is Michael Ellington  http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/05/24/tennessee-judge-openly-seeks-conviction-of-defendant/.  After relatives of Ellington traveled from Tennessee to your offices in Washington, DC for a scheduled meeting with an agent in 2012, they were informed, without a reason, that the meeting was canceled.


Please advise if you should need additional information.  I am willing to provide a sworn affidavit, documentation or testimony if needed.

Very truly yours,

Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT  06076


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  1. Sharon says:

    “Gov. Bill Haslam has been made aware on many occasions of the rampant criminality going on in the courts but has taken no action on it.”

    Gov. Haslam and his brother have their own fraud scandal to worry about! He won’t be any help. RDC

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A truck-stop company owned by Tennessee GOP Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has agreed to pay $92 million in fines for cheating customers out of promised fuel rebates and discounts, federal prosecutors said Monday.


  2. This reminds me of the old sayings that “UFOs are real … the Air Force doesn’t exist” and “I’ve made up my mind … don’t confuse me with facts”.