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by Sharon Rondeau

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store had its beginnings in Lebanon, TN in 1969

(Aug. 18, 2014) — At 10:18 a.m. EDT, The Post & Email received a phone call from Lt. Col. Field McConnell, USMC (Ret.), who is hosting a prayer breakfast for CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.), a 24-year Navy veteran who was falsely accused, tried and convicted in McMinn County, TN and is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.

On Sunday, McConnell traveled from his home in Wisconsin to Athens, TN and had several private meetings with key individuals who will be filming the events of Monday and Tuesday.  The films will be made into a video with the intent of exposing the government corruption which criminalized Fitzpatrick’s submissions to the McMinn County grand jury containing evidence of crimes committed by public officials.

Anyone concerned about judicial corruption or wishing to tell his own story of illegal victimization at the hands of a corrupt system is invited to attend.

For at least three decades, criminal court judges in Tennessee have been appointing their own grand jury foremen “from wherever they choose,” outside of state law.  The foreman is then retained for years or even decades, in violation of state law which says that no juror can serve a consecutive term.  The Tennessee attorney general’s office has defended the practice even though it has resulted in tainted indictments which have led to the conviction and incarceration of thousands of individuals denied their constitutional right to due process under the Sixth Amendment.

The Fifth Amendment has also been violated routinely by the compromised grand juries which are heavily-influenced by the judicially-selected foremen, often acting as a “rubber stamp” for the prosecution.

A pre-sentencing report generated by the Tennessee Board of Parole stated that there was no victim in the crimes Fitzpatrick allegedly committed on March 18, 2014.  Fitzpatrick’s case has now gained national and international attention.

In the coming weeks, The Post & Email will be addressing a major Tea Party group about the Fitzpatrick case and how the jury’s faulty verdict affects all Americans’ First Amendment rights.

Professional filmmaker William F. Fain agreed to film Monday’s and Tuesday’s activities on short notice with a camera crew. Because the local mainstream media has refused to report on the rampant judicial corruption, independent voices such as The Post & Email, Fain, and others believe it is their responsibility to do so.

Funds are needed to produce the initial video, which is hoped will be the springboard for a documentary to be marketed to major media outlets with which Fain has connections when it is completed.

Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, expects to file an appeal to the recent convictions but is also in need of funds for filing fees.  Irion has worked pro bono on Fitzpatrick’s behalf for more than two years.  Donations can be sent to Irion’s law office here.

McConnell reported that “more than 30 people” of all races and backgrounds were at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Athens as of his phone call and that he felt a discernible “energy” among them to expose the judicial corruption in Tennessee which has preyed on its citizens for decades.  If time permits, McConnell said he will provide a brief telephone update on his Abel Danger radio show on Monday, which begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Despite inclement weather, the barbecue planned from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Athens Regional Park will take place.  The Post & Email was told that a tent or canopy may be set up in the event of heavy rain or wind.

Donations to assist with the production of the video and documentary can be sent by Paypal to payments@thepostemail.com or by USPS to The Post & Email, P.O. Box 195, Stafford Springs, CT  06076 with the designation that they are to go to the video project.  As of this writing, approximately one-third of what is needed to produce the video has been raised.

Update, 11:21 a.m. EDT:  McConnell called The Post & Email and said, “Somebody just put $200 into my hand for the video, so you can update your readers.”

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