WILL BLACKWOOD “DO THE RIGHT THING?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 31, 2014) — Intelligence analyst, aviation expert and co-host of the Abel Danger radio show Lt. Col. Field McConnell (Ret.) said on Wednesday that if two “guilty” verdicts against CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) from a McMinn County, TN jury are not vacated by the presiding judge, he will file a wrongful death lawsuit naming Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, as the defendant, “to the removal from office of Barry Soetoro.”
The Post & Email’s editor appeared as McConnell’s guest on Wednesday, as she has for the last three Wednesdays, to explain the significance to all Americans of Fitzpatrick’s convictions. The podcast for the most recent show is truncated due to technical difficulties during the first portion of the interview (second video down).
McConnell reiterated his plan of action Thursday in an email sent to an individual who had asked several questions about Fitzpatrick’s upcoming sentencing hearing on August 19, at which time Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood is scheduled to consider the “enhanced punishment” requested by the prosecutor of the case, retired full-bird colonel and part-time pastor A. Wayne Carter.
After The Post & Email told the listeners of Carter’s request for punishment on Wednesday, McConnell observed, “Maybe he was looking in the mirror when he said that.”
Fitzpatrick is a decorated, honorably-discharged 24-year Navy veteran who earned numerous commendations and graduated third in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1975. On March 18, 2014, he attempted to take evidence of criminal behavior on the part of judges and other officials to the McMinn County grand jury. After waiting more than four hours to receive a disposition on his petition, he was unexpectedly arrested by two sheriff’s deputies and charged with “extortion,” “aggravated perjury,” “harassment,” and “stalking.” Courthouse cameras captured no illegal activity, altercation or “harassment” of any kind on Fitzpatrick’s part.
The indictment was issued by the grand jury against Fitzpatrick minutes before his arrest, citing former foreman Jeffrey Cunningham as the accuser and signed by former Tenth Judicial District chief prosecutor R. Steven Bebb, who Fitzpatrick had named in several petitions which he attempted to have the grand jury review.
Judge Amy Reedy had appointed a new grand jury foreman minutes before Fitzpatrick was indicted on the four charges and arrested while sitting on a courthouse bench reading “The Last Juror” by John Grisham.
In late 2009, Fitzpatrick discovered that Tennessee grand juries contain a foreman who is hand-picked by the criminal court judge and serves for years and sometimes decades. However, Tennessee law makes no special provision for a judicially-selected grand jury foreman. TCA 22-2-314 states that “A juror who has completed a jury service term shall not be summoned to serve another jury service term in any court of this state for a period of twenty-four (24) months following the last day of such service; however, the county legislative body of any county, may, by majority vote, extend the twenty-four-month period.”
The foreman has been called both “a juror” and “not a juror” by Tennessee officials, depending on the audience.
The judge selected to preside over Fitzpatrick’s case, Jon Kerry Blackwood, should have recused himself, as he had just denied Fitzpatrick a restraining order against Cunningham the day before he was arrested. Blackwood also presided over Fitzpatrick’s December 1, 2010 trial in Monroe County after having told him that he might deny him his constitutional right to defense counsel.
In that case, Blackwood accepted charges stemming from indictments issued by a grand jury which contained two members serving consecutive terms, in direct violation of TCA 22-2-314. For years, court personnel and judges have justified the hand-selection of the grand jury foreman to the local press, which does not question the government.
Fitzpatrick has long said that Tennessee judges are running a “dictatorship.”
During sworn testimony, Cunningham stated under questioning by Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, that he could not find anything in Fitzpatrick’s petitions which was perjurious. Cunningham also denied having made any formal accusation against Fitzpatrick, and no police reports or criminal complaints were produced by the prosecution. At the end of the first day of the trial, Blackwood agreed to dismiss the charge of “stalking.”
On June 24, Fitzpatrick was convicted of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” by the jury, finding him “not guilty” of harassment. Of the six jury members who The Post & Email has contacted by phone following the reading of the verdicts, none has spoken with us.
Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion had contended that Fitzpatrick had a First Amendment right to petition his government for a redress of grievances, with which the jury evidently did not agree. Tennessee law also states that any citizen may take a petition with evidence to his local grand jury, which must be notarized and sworn to before submission.
Cunningham is president and CEO of Athens Federal Community Bank garnering a reported annual salary of $634,738. During testimony in Fitzpatrick’s trial, Cunningham stated that he had received a phone call “at home” in late 2011 from Judge Amy Reedy asking him to be her “next grand jury foreman,” to which he agreed. He was serving his third consecutive term when he resigned on or about March 4 of this year.
It is unclear why Cunningham accepted the grand jury foremanship at $10.00/day with his duties as bank president and a member of the Board of Directors. Cunningham is a licensed Tennessee attorney with an expressed interest in “Criminal Law – Prosecution” and “Criminal Law – Defense.”
At the end of the radio segment, McConnell said that he played a part in the release of former Marine Brandon Raub, who was seized without a warrant by the FBI and local police on August 16, 2012 on allegations of mental instability and threat to the community. On Wednesday’s show, McConnell divulged that after Raub was incarcerated, he contacted John Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute, shortly after Raub’s wrongful arrest and said, “‘John, don’t think I’m being boastful, but if you pick up the phone and call the District Court, District of Columbia, and say that Field McConnell is going to be a witness for Brandon Raub, I think they’ll release him as soon as possible.’ John got that email about 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday; he apparently made the phone call on Wednesday. Thursday morning, first order of business, Brandon Raub was released.”
He said he believes he can be instrumental in convincing Blackwood to vacate the verdicts against Fitzpatrick.
Several weeks ago, McConnell pledged to travel to Athens, TN on August 17 to meet with Fitzpatrick and accompany him to the courthouse on the 19th for his sentencing hearing unless the verdicts were vacated before then. On Wednesday, he reiterated his promise to go to Athens if Blackwood maintains his stance.
Like Raub, Fitzpatrick was ordered to undergo a mental health examination by a judge in Monroe County after he exposed corruption there beginning in 2009, when he found that every grand jury foreman is a judicially-appointed court employee who serves as long as the judge wishes, sometimes for decades. Jurors selected by “automated means” as mandated by state law are not informed that the foreman is actually representing the judge’s interests.
On April 1, 2010, Fitzpatrick attempted to carry out a citizen’s arrest of then-Monroe County grand jury foreman Gary Pettway, but Judge Carroll Lee Ross, who is now pursuing a false case against William Marvin Young, ordered Fitzpatrick arrested and jailed. Fitzpatrick has been jailed a total of six times in Monroe County for standing up to the entrenched judicial corruption there, and another Navy veteran, Darren Wesley Huff, is spending his fourth year in federal prison for a crime that “never happened.”
Monroe County is part of the Tenth Judicial District and uses the same judges as McMinn County.
In 2012, Fitzpatrick described the situation he saw in Monroe County as:
When you have judges exercising that kind of power, this is what we’ve been warned about. John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, William Blackstone. This is what a judicial dictatorship looks like, and they’ve been practicing this in the military since our military came into existence. It’s what happens when you take away the grand jury and then you take away the trial jury. Then they are free to make up any law they want and they can operate their government as they see fit, because if they don’t get their way, they’re going to have you locked up and thrown away. How do I know that? Well, it happened to me, a whole bunch of times.
Fitzpatrick moved to McMinn County in February 2012 following his release from his sixth incarceration in the Monroe County jail. In December of that year, he observed Judge Amy Armstrong Reedy hand-picking jurors from informational forms which asked for names, addresses, telephone numbers, names of employers and spouses, and the number of children of each prospective juror. Fitzpatrick related that Reedy was not picking the slips of paper out of a box as mandated by law, but rather, with full view of the information. When he noticed that the same papers were left on a table in the lower courtroom with public access, he took them with the intention of presenting them to the FBI as evidence of jury-rigging.
On April 1, 2011, in regard to Fitzpatrick’s in-person reports of judicial corruption in the district, several special agents from the Knoxville FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force told him to “Live with it!”
McConnell is a 1971 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and acquired training from the U.S. Marine Corps in aviation, later becoming an instructor. He served with the North Dakota Air National Guard and flew commercially for Republic Airlines, which was later purchased by Northwest Airlines. He left military service on December 7, 1992 because he did not wish to serve under William Jefferson Clinton, who had been elected president the month before.
Following McConnell’s official biography, he states:
On December 10, 2006, Field McConnell reported the illegal modification on Boeing aircraft to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Northwest Airlines, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NORAD and the USNA Superintendent. Shortly thereafter, Northwest Airlines, compelled by the United States Department of Justice (USDoJ), silenced Field McConnell, due to his inadvertent reopening of a safety issue closed in the June, 2006 settlement of a $615 million settlement paid by Boeing to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ).
Field McConnell filed Civil Case 3:07-cv-24 at the District Court, District of North Dakota on the 27th of February, 2007. The case is titled ‘FIELD MCCONNELL v. ALPA and BOEING’. Boeing admitted on March 3, 2007 the existence of the Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilot. To date, 9 February, 2012, Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) has suppressed this information.
Field McConnell retired March 13, 2007 to preserve his EXPERT WITNESS VALUE in US District Courts. Civil Case 3:07-cv-49 HAWKS CAFE v. GLOBAL GUARDIANS was filed on May Day, May 1, 2007 in District Court, District of North Dakota.
In his email response to the questioner on Fitzpatrick’s sentencing, McConnell wrote:
My name is Field McConnell and I expect that Tennessee will address issues with Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and vacate any improper judgement(s) against Walter Francis Fitzpatrick. If the State of Tennessee and the County of McMinn continue on this corrupt course I will be filing charges in U S District Court, District of North Dakota against Barry Soetoro, Punahou ’79 for wrongful death, 2000+ counts, in period 20 January, 2009 to the removal from office of Barry Soetoro. I will not be filing those charges if Walter Francis Fitzpatrick is rightfully exonerated.
I am at a disadvantage as I do not know of you or your position but I am very public and my rightful name is Field McConnell, Punahou ’67 and USNA ’71. I am no stranger to U S District Courts where my Civil Case 1:08-1600 (RMC) was dismissed without prejudice and was instrumental in freeing Brandon Raub from wrongful incarceration in Virginia. If you google this combo: [ brandon raub + field mcconnell + rutherford ] you will see that 36 hours after I contacted John Whitehead of Rutherford, Brandon was released. I believe when I share this information with the supervisors of Jon Kerry Blackwood they will “blink” and do the right thing.
Please inform me by 17 August, 2014, that McMinn County and the State of Tennessee are doing the right thing ( according to law ) and vacating charges against Walter Francis Fitzpatrick. If they fail to treat Walter in a just manner I will be standing beside him as he is taken into wrongful detention and at that moment the charges against Barry Soetoro will be filed ( by proxy ) at the U S District Court, District of North Dakota, Fargo.
For the record, I have never met Walter, his counsel, or his advocate but I have common history with Walter in 4 years at Annapolis and 43 years of upholding my 4 oaths since 9 June, 1971. I will share the easy 3 oaths: USN 28 June 67, USMC 9 June 71, USAF 5 July 77. I took another oath vastly more powerful than the easy 3.
3 BCCs, all Abel Danger personnel
Irion has represented Fitzpatrick since 2012 in challenging the legitimacy of Tennessee grand juries and in the most recent case in McMinn County. Regarding the inexplicable verdicts and condemnation of Fitzpatrick’s attempt to petition the grand jury to report crime, Irion told Dr. Laurie Roth of The Roth Show, “I’m now afraid to go to the grand jury.”
Dr. James David Manning of The Manning Report has also covered Fitzpatrick’s encounters with the corrupt Tennessee judiciary and is attempting to raise awareness of the current case with Overpassesforamerica.com and other organizations.
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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.