MOTIONS “NOT WELL TAKEN”
by Sharon Rondeau
Irion had filed two briefs asking that judgment be arrested and requesting a new trial for Fitzpatrick, who was convicted on charges of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” on June 25.
Fitzpatrick had attempted to submit evidence of criminal conduct on the part of court officials and Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District prosecutors to the McMinn County grand jury, which then issued the indictments against Fitzpatrick without any evidence, a point Irion argued on Monday.
On August 19, Blackwood sentenced Fitzpatrick to three years in state prison stating that Fitzpatrick had not “learned his lesson” in regard to his continued attempts to expose systemic corruption, particularly in the county grand juries, which are commandeered by judicially-selected foremen who serve for years and even decades at the pleasure of the judge. Defendants are therefore denied an unbiased review of the potential charges against them.
During the sentencing hearing, Blackwood called Fitzpatrick “a moral coward” and derided “people coming in here demanding their constitutional rights.”
In speaking with an eyewitness to Monday’s hearing on Tuesday evening, The Post & Email was told that Fitzpatrick does not look as healthy as when he was sent to prison and that he was kept handcuffed throughout while deputy prosecutor A. Wayne Carter accused him of further transgressions.
In a one-page order devoid of detail, Blackwood stated, “Whereupon the Court finds that the Motions are not well taken and should be denied.”
The Tennessee Supreme Court is involved in the corruption syndicate, as it should have known that Blackwood had a conflict of interest, having been the judge who presided over the trial and issued the sentence.
Fitzpatrick has called the judicial system in Tennessee “the dictatorship of the judiciary.”