“ON THE OFFENSIVE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 26, 2014) — Capt. Neil Turner and Dr. James David Manning have been working with President and Founder of Overpasses for America James Neighbors to further publicize the conviction of CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) on two false charges by a McMinn County, TN jury which should not have resulted in a trial in the first place.
Fitzpatrick had attempted on several occasions to bring evidence of criminality on the part of judges, the grand jury foreman, local sheriff and others to the county grand jury, which by the Fifth Amendment is tasked with weighing whether or not the standard of probable cause exists to issue an indictment against an individual. Then-grand jury foreman Jeffrey Cunningham, who was hand-selected by one of the criminal court judges and serving his third consecutive term, refused to allow the grand jury to examine Fitzpatrick’s evidence and, aware that he was named in the petition, refused to step aside as required by law.
On March 18, 2014, Fitzpatrick was arrested after having waited for more than four hours on a bench outside of the court clerk’s office for a disposition on his petition. Just minutes before, a new grand jury foreman was appointed by the same judge who had chosen Cunningham, specifically to preside over the “evidence” against Fitzpatrick, which had already been assigned a criminal case number before reaching the grand jury.
Tennessee judges have been appointing grand jury foremen from outside of the jury pool for at least three decades and allowing them to serve for years or decades at their pleasure. Tennessee law makes no distinction in the “selection” of the grand jury foreman.
“The Roth Show” host Dr. Laurie Roth commented to Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, during a Monday evening interview that it was obvious to her that the government had “pre-planned” the accusations against Fitzpatrick, which were listed on the indictment as “aggravated perjury,” “extortion,” “harassment” and “stalking.”
Irion had asked that the case be dismissed on the grounds of a vindictive prosecution, as Fitzpatrick has been exposing judicial corruption in Tennessee since late 2009, particularly the fact that judges select the grand jury foreman “from wherever they choose,” thereby jaundicing the grand jury against the citizenry. After Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood refused, a pre-trial hearing was held on June 16, during which Cunningham, who Irion subpoenaed to testify, said that he had not accused Fitzpatrick of anything, which left the case without an accuser other than the prosecutor’s office.
In Tennessee courts, the Tenth Judicial District’s prosecutors act as accuser and prosecutor, seeing no need for an injured party other than “State of Tennessee,” which appears on all indictments.
Blackwood had been asked to recuse himself for prejudice, having presided over another case involving Fitzpatrick in Monroe County in December 2010 and having denied Fitzpatrick a restraining order request against Cunningham the day before he was arrested in March. Blackwood refused to remove himself and insisted that the Tenth Judicial District was not prejudiced against Fitzpatrick and could hear the case.
On June 24, a trial jury convicted Fitzpatrick on the charges of aggravated perjury and extortion, acquitting on the charge of harassment. Blackwood had magnanimously dismissed the charge of stalking on June 23 before the proceedings ended.
Fitzpatrick is scheduled to be sentenced to years in prison on August 19 for approaching the grand jury with evidence of crime in his community committed by taxpayer-remunerated public officials. Irion has said that Fitzpatrick’s First Amendment and civil rights were violated and the grand jury compromised because of Cunningham’s friendship with and hand-selection by Judge Amy Reedy.
On Friday evening, Irion appeared on Liberty Works Network Radio (LWNR) to discuss the convictions. Dozens and perhaps hundreds or thousands of calls have been made to members of Congress, particularly the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, about the illegal activities taking place in Tennessee courts, which include at least two federal courts over which Congress has jurisdiction.
Pat Shannan of INI World Report has been covering the Fitzpatrick case along with other cases of allegedly wrongful incarceration, and Patriots Billboard has posted a link to a petition demanding that Blackwood vacate the false verdicts against Fitzpatrick and another to a whitehouse.gov petition asking for an FBI investigation into corruption in eastern Tennessee.
The Knoxville and Chattanooga FBI offices have been contacted repeatedly with hard evidence of crimes committed by judges, prosecutors, sheriffs and jury members over the last five years but have taken no apparent action. Two weeks ago, The Post & Email sent a detailed letter to FBI Director James B. Comey with enclosures regarding the Fitzpatrick case and that of another wrongfully accused man, Marvin William Young.
Late on Thursday, Turner asked Neighbors to publicize the injustices against Fitzpatrick with an electronic sign. On Saturday morning, Turner submitted a new version of the sign, which he will be holding at a rally today in Ramona, CA, where Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be speaking. “The Press will be there, and I will be carrying the new sign, attached to a large pole with an American flag. Maybe I will get a few people’s attention … along with the Press, and they will need to see what I am talking about when they go to your site,” Turner told Neighbors and The Post & Email in an email this morning.
Arpaio launched his own criminal investigation into matters stemming from the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse‘s investigation of Obama’s long-form birth certificate, which began in September 2011 and declared the image a forgery in March 2012. Arpaio has been an outspoken critic of the Obama regime’s non-enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws and the recent flood of illegal aliens violating the U.S.-Mexico border.
Arpaio is said to have incriminating evidence against the regime expected to be made public in the coming weeks or months. Arpaio is said by some to enjoy the media spotlight. On August 1, 2012, The New York Times wrote:
…now his penchant for public relations coups, each seemingly intended to outdo the last, threatens to become one of his greatest liabilities.
Sheriff Arpaio and his office are on trial in a federal class-action lawsuit here, accused of singling out Latinos, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, for stops, questioning and detention during large-scale policing operations. The Justice Department has sued him on the same grounds, alleging discriminatory practices that extend from the streets to the jails.
The U.S. Justice Department abandoned the lawsuit shortly thereafter, and Arpaio is now on the offensive against the Obama regime. The Pete Santilli Show has confirmed that it will be interviewing Arpaio today at a protest in Ramona, CA and will begin broadcasting from southern California at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
On March 17, 2009, Fitzpatrick filed a criminal complaint of treason against Obama for acquiring the office of the presidency using deceit as a “foreign born domestic enemy.” After the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee and Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC refused to investigate the complaint, Fitzpatrick brought it to his local grand jury in Monroe County, TN, where he resided at the time. Monroe and McMinn Counties are both contained in Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District.
The Cold Case Posse has been provided evidence of the persecution of Fitzpatrick by Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District and the involvement of Obama operatives who have self-identified as perpetrators of false claims and defamation against him stemming from the treason complaint. Threats from such operatives have been received by The Post & Email on several occasions.
Allegations of misconduct by former Tenth Judicial District chief prosecutor R. Steven Bebb were dismissed by Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr., to whom The Post & Email also wrote about Bebb’s failure to prosecute the real criminals in the case of Marvin William Young. We have received no response to date from either law enforcement entity.
Last week, Turner, Michael Jackson and this writer were guests on Manning’s “The Manning Report” to discuss the Fitzpatrick case. Manning has invited the group back to his show during the coming week.
The Post & Email has also been a guest on three occasions over the last three weeks on Field McConnell and David Hawkins’s “Abel Danger” radio show and is scheduled to appear again this coming Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. EDT. McConnell refers to Obama as “Barry Soetoro” and has prepared at least one lawsuit against him, hinting at another should the conviction against Fitzpatrick stand.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.