Another Tennessee Horror Story


by Sharon Rondeau

(Aug. 13, 2014) — As noted earlier on Wednesday, The Post & Email recently received correspondence from Mike Parsons of Tipton County, TN, who is currently incarcerated in a state penitentiary in Pikeville as an allegedly innocent man retaliated against by corrupt sheriff’s deputies, a judge, prosecutor’s office and “defense” attorneys.

Pikeville is in Bledsoe County, close to Monroe and McMinn Counties in the southeast corner of the state, while Tipton County is located in southwest Tennessee near the Arkansas border.

Many of Tennessee’s counties are named for Revolutionary or Civil War soldiers.

Before being targeted by Tipton County corrupt officials, Parsons had run a construction business, had been an adjunct professor at a local community college and participated in improving his community by initiating the purging of voter rolls containing deceased persons.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol and a gentleman farmer.  In 2008, Parsons launched a radio show on a local AM station named “The Voice of Truth with Mike Parsons.”

In 2006, Parsons had run for county executive, speaking out against local corruption and advocating for constitutional principles.  After the election in which Parsons was declared the loser, he challenged the election results with a lawsuit.  In 2007, a man acquainted with Parsons’ opponent came unprovoked to his property and killed one of his dogs, shooting 29 times and nearly hitting Parsons and his wife.  Parsons then attempted a citizen’s arrest on the man but was framed as having threatened to kill him.  A series of illegal maneuvers by a compromised judge, defense attorney and sheriff’s deputies railroaded Parsons into the corrupt criminal court system which in Tennessee has put away thousands of people without constitutional due process, as in the old Soviet Union, Cuba, China or Nazi Germany.

Parsons served two and one-half years in prison from 2009 to 2012 as a falsely-convicted felon and was seeking to have the convictions against him overturned when he was arrested again in February of this year for allegedly possessing firearms as a convicted felon.  The latter part of Parsons’ letter includes an affidavit signed by his spouse stating that the firearms were hers and that her husband, according to state law, was not in possession of them because they were kept locked in a safe to which he did not possess a key.

The letter Parsons sent contains several attachments and numbers many pages, the first five of which are presented below.  In the letter, which is a synopsis of the events which landed him in prison twice, he stated that he currently has been denied visits from his wife, access to the prison law library, has lost considerable weight and has been denied the opportunity to be transferred to a prison nearer to his home.

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