An Innocent Man Is On His Way to Prison


by Dr. Laurie Roth, ©2014

CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) tried to petition the McMinn County, TN grand jury in March with evidence of crime in his community but was himself arrested, then convicted of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion”

(Jul. 22, 2014) — Lt. Commander Walter Fiztpatrick has been falsely accused, tried and convicted of ‘aggravated perjury’ and ‘extortion’ and is facing years of facing prison time.

What on earth did he do?  How could a man who served his country in the military for nearly 30 years end up this way?  Sharon Rondeau, editor and publisher of has been leading the fight to get the truth out about  the false accusations and conviction perpetrated against Lt. Commander Walter Fiztpatrick.  She has exposed in several articles the Tennessee Corruption and how severe it is. In fact, it was rated third in public corruption by a joint study by Indiana University and the University of Hong Kong.   Recently, I interviewed Rondeau on my show who states from her research:

  • Fitzpatrick inadvertently discovered systemic corruption in eastern TN courts
  • After no law enforcer or agency would act, he tried to conduct a citizen’s arrest of the Monroe County grand jury foreman for over-serving a legal term
  • Instead, he himself was ordered arrested and jailed
  • Fitzpatrick has been jailed seven times in Monroe County and once in the adjoining county of McMinn, where he now lives, in the course of exposing a thoroughly corrupt system in which juries are manipulated and hand-picked and judges are protected by their colleagues and throughout the law enforcement/prosecutor community
  • Entrenched government corruption has been a way of life in Tennessee
  • Last month, a jury convicted Fitzpatrick of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” for trying to bring a petition containing criminal evidence to the McMinn County grand jury, which Tennessee law allows
  • Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is scheduled to sentence him on August 19, and it could be years in prison

This week I also interviewed Constitutional attorney Van Irion, the attorney representing Commander Fiztpatrick.  The bottom line I took away from my interview with him is that Lt. Commander Fiztpatrick was denied his legal, Constitutional right to address a grievance to a grand jury. We all have that right and it is not a crime.  The bottom line of his grievance was that the Judge assigned someone, attorney Jeffrey Cunningham (close confidant, associate and even friend) as attorney foreman and didn’t choose him from the jury pool of random names.  On top of that, Cunningham had acted criminally for staying on for consecutive terms and wielding powerful influence over the grand jurors.  This setup from the Judges’ appointment of a close insider to the Jury foreman position has meant that they can influence who is prosecuted and who is not.   This can redirect law and accountability…even ‘setups for crimes’ as they see fit.

Their charges, arrest, harassment and bogus conviction of Fiztpatrick only prove that his corruption charges against them are correct.  They have indeed used their influence as Judge and Jury foreman to twist and bend laws to protect their ‘good old boy’ power, social and political system.  They had to get rid of the guy who was exposing the crimes and details of their false system of power set in place, Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick.  We must not let this stand.

This case is in ALL of our faces and is only a taste of what may come to us if we dare to stand for what is right in our county or state.  There is no doubt that these kinds of internal setups are peppered throughout the country, designed to further break down our legal system and fair representation, prosecution and conviction.  In talking with Investigative Journalist Sher Zieve on this case, she thought this was a test case by Obama to see just what the Government could get away with and what the people would do in response.   Could they get away with compromising and setting up Grand Jury Foremen with sellout Judges or not?   Could Obama and his minions use this kind of insider setup and corruption to set up his enemies and put them away in prison?  I think yes and yes if we all don’t rise up and start screaming, starting with this case.  Does another innocent man have to go to prison or will you only be concerned when it is you sitting on a hard bed in a square room with no window?

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One Response to "An Innocent Man Is On His Way to Prison"

  1. Code4Pres   Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Applause for the valient efforts and reporting of this case by The P&E! The links tying this case with what the Good-ole-boys can do in blatant acts of cronyism are neatly tied in a bow here with your being next.

    Unfortunately, the thought is very slowly received. I declare it is true from my own experience having been set up and framed with a number of Contitutional protected rights hacked in a case where 8 yrs passed with me looking out to see no one cared to hold a protest sign up.

    That experience taught me how valuable our Constitution is and has formed a great concern for me in shaping my future.

    Fitzpatrick was years ahead of me in knowing that value and I’m hurt by the deaf ears of his plight. Justice for all, is in our pledge and if that is not afforded under our law enforcement and judicial branch no one is safe from the corruption which creeps in at night and destroys.

    Our forefathers advocated tis better to suffer a hundred guilty men go then to incarcerate unjustly the freedoms of one who is innocent.

    I implore those in authority seats to consider the damages that will be heaped upon your shoulders and your constituents shoulders by not adhering to the standards of law. My advocacy is not one of judgement upon you so much as it is of dread and concern for you in inviting the devil inside your own homes.

    May God hear your plea at the same pace as you heard this man’s that you may understand no rock will hide you in a day foretold that lies in your future.

    And my prayer for Fitzpatrick as was my own experience, is that God will make you to lie down in green pastures every night that you suffer intolerable abuse , that your troubles will be shouldered by the very angels of heaven, and not a hair fall from your head unnoticed by our loving Father-in-Heaven for which all things work for your good.

    God Bless You and keep you safe
    Cody Robert Judy

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