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by Sharon Rondeau

Photo credit: James Mahon, Channel 12, used with permission

(Aug. 19, 2014) — Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has sentenced CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) to three years in jail for his convictions on “extortion” and “aggravated perjury” at a hearing which began at 10:00 a.m. EDT and ended at approximately 11:35 a.m.

An eyewitness who lives in the Athens, TN community said that Blackwood’s performance in the courtroom was the “most corrupt judiciary I’ve ever seen.”

Character statements were taken from Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, and Lt. Col. Field McConnell, USMC (Ret.), who came from his home state of Wisconsin to stand beside Fitzpatrick, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy four years after McConnell did.

Fitzpatrick was led away in handcuffs by McMinn County Sheriff’s deputies, whose patrol cars say on the back, “Keeping the Oath.”

On March 18, Fitzpatrick tried to submit evidence of criminality on the part of judges, prosecutors, the grand jury foreman and the sheriff’s department to the McMinn County grand jury but instead was himself arrested after waiting quietly on a bench outside of the courtroom for a decision on his petition.

On June 24, a jury found Fitzpatrick guilty of the two felonies, despite a lack of evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and no accuser or victim in the case.

The eyewitness reported that Blackwood disparaged Fitzpatrick’s character viciously, just as Judge Roland Freisler did in The People’s Court hearings of 1944 of participants in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.  At one point, Blackwood was heard to say, “I’m tired of these people who say they’re keeping their oath.”

Prior to Tuesday, Blackwood’s office received dozens, if not hundreds, of phone calls asking that the verdicts be vacated.  On Monday, Blackwood’s secretary told a caller that she was not keeping track of the calls or relaying the information they contained to Blackwood.

The observer said that her understanding is that Fitzpatrick must serve 30% of the sentence, which will run concurrently with a conviction from Monroe County suspended by Judge Walter C. Kurtz pending appeal.  That case has now been appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

For the last five years, Fitzpatrick has referred to the corrupt Tennessee court system as a “dictatorship of the judiciary.”

When Fitzpatrick was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, several attendees applauded to show support.

Two mainstream media stations were there with cameras.  Channel 12’s Jason Mahon tweeted, then removed, a comment addressed to filmmaker William Fain which incorrectly identified Fitzpatrick as “William:”

James  Mahon News 12 (@JamesMahonWDEF) tweeted at 10:10 AM on Tue, Aug 19, 2014:
@wilkyfain making film of a nervous #williamfitzpatrick in sentencing here in #AthensTN @wdefnews12 http://t.co/A8ssj8pryQ
The eyewitness said that both stations planned to air a report sometime today.
McConnell promised to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Barack Hussein Obama in the event that Blackwood did not vacate the verdicts.

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  1. Blackwood would not have stayed on the bench long if this happened in 1945. Back then non-judicial “Presentment” Citizen Juries were in ubiquitous usage in the United States.It gives the people the right to remove corrupt public officials. It was in 1946 that errant rule makers of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure ruled that such Juries were “obasolete”. They are not now nor were they ever “Obsolete”. The right of the people to empanel such Presentment hearings are secured by the Constitution. “There can be NO rule making….that would abrogate a right secured by the Constitution”-Miranda v Arizona,SCOTUS. There are also malfeasance laws and laws against Judicial abuse of power. Blackwood must be removed from the bench. He has obviously broken HIS “oath”.

  2. When Walt was led out of the courtroom someone shouted: “Thanks Walt” and then the whole courtroom, perhaps 50 people, less the “suits” clapped for Walt until he was out of sight.
    So this is a thin veil of hope that maybe the folks are getting tired of their shackles and will stand up against corruption.

  3. Just as the devil and his children thought they had won when the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross at Calvary, so are these children of the devil in TN like Blackwood, Carter, Guy, Ross, Reedy, TN legislators, U.S. Congressmen/Senators et al. They may mock, ridicule, slander, charge, arrest, convict and sentence an innocent man where no crime was committed, but in the end the Lord and His children can and will claim the victory. The murder of God Almighty in the person of Christ was in reality the greatest victory delivered to man when the Lord rose from the grave three days later, halleluiah! These fools in their folly will reap that which they have sown and will receive double the recompense of their reward for their persecution of LCDR Fitzpatrick. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” John 15:19. We the People, God’s people will not remain silent, but will be vigilant and steadfast in prayer and moved to act in righteousness. The writing is on the wall and these people have been weighed in the balance found wanting.

  4. Disgusting. There is no justice in this country right now. The tragedy is the vast majority in this country is clueless and we are running out of time.

  5. Time to FLOOD McMinn Cty courthouse with calls. Bombard Kerry’s secretary, Joe Guy and every number at that courthouse.
    This is FAR from over!