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“COWARD” OR “HERO?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 21, 2014) — “The judge came out and just blasted Walter in every direction he could.”
That was the description of an eyewitness of how Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood behaved in the courtroom on Tuesday toward CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.), who was convicted on June 24 for “extortion” and “aggravated perjury” despite the absence of a police report, criminal complaint, or detailed Bill of Particulars.
Blackwood sentenced Fitzpatrick to three years in prison in a case which arose from a tainted, manipulated grand jury and an accuser who then denied ever having filed a complaint about Fitzpatrick. None of the jury members was willing to speak with The Post & Email about their service on the case.
Grand juries and trial juries are routinely rigged in Tennessee to achieve the desired result. Fitzpatrick has revealed over the last five years that eastern Tennessee operates a “prisoners-for-profit” enterprise which incarcerates the innocent along with the guilty.
The eyewitness said that another witness “started shouting at [McMinn County] Sheriff Joe Guy,” who placed handcuffs on Fitzpatrick and led him away following Blackwood’s excoriating remarks.
Blackwood was also reported to have said that he was “sick and tired of all these people who want to talk about their Constitutional rights.”
When Blackwood called Fitzpatrick “a moral coward,” one person stood up and walked out of the courtroom.
More than one eyewitness, and James Mahon of Channel 12, reported that Fitzpatrick was “applauded” as a “hero” for exposing local government corruption in keeping with his oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.
Mahon added that “A documentary film crew from Nashville were kept outside the courtroom as a heavy police presence surrounded the downtown area of the city from early morning.”
Early last week, the referenced film crew, led by William F. Fain, approached The Post & Email with the idea of creating a professional video of Fitzpatrick’s saga to expose the rigging of grand juries which has occurred over decades in Tennessee, with the eventual goal of producing a documentary to be marketed to major media producers in Hollywood and elsewhere.
On Wednesday morning, The Post & Email requested in writing an audio recording and typed transcript of the hearing but has not yet received a response from McMinn County court personnel.