“TOMORROW IT WILL BE YOU”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 15, 2014) — In an article published on Wednesday, The Post & Email provided an update on Mike Parsons, who was incarcerated by Tennessee’s 25th Judicial District from 2009 to 2012 for “aggravated assault” and “theft of property” of a man upon whom he attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest for having shot and killed his dog in an unprovoked attack on his property.
A “not guilty” verdict was returned by the jury on a charge of “aggravated kidnapping.”
In 2006, Parsons had run for the county executive position in Tipton County, which is located in the southwestern part of Tennessee near Arkansas. Based on reported election returns by Channel 5 as of 9:47 p.m. local time on election night, Parsons was the projected winner with 79% of the vote.
Parsons had run for the office on a platform of intolerance for corruption, “fiscal responsibility,” government restraint and personal responsibility. He now believes that his having spoken out about government corruption has made him “a target.” “Today it is me and my family under attack by corrupt government. Tomorrow it will be you. That is, if you are independent of government. Or, if you are vocal against government oppression and control over our lives,” he wrote in his latest communication with The Post & Email.
Sheriff’s deputies reportedly contacted Judge William Peeler at home that evening, a Sunday, to ask what to do in response to Parsons’ report of the shooter murdering his dog, to which Peeler, according to Parsons, ordered Parsons arrested. When Parsons asked the reason for his arrest, he was reportedly told, “The judge said he would think of something and tell you in the morning.”
Parsons stated that Peeler “ruled on his own order charging me with aggravated assault” and also had a conflict of interest. “Judge Peeler was on the ballot I was suing to void. He had a direct financial interest, as did Judge Walker, District Attorney Dunavant, and Sheriff Chumley,” Parsons told us.
In the lawsuit filed at the state supreme court, Parsons alleged “That evidence proving fraud in the tabulation of the vote of the 2006 General Election for Tipton County and other relevant fact were willfully removed from the record by the trial court. This intentional alteration of the record amounts a criminal act, perpetrated by the lower court for the express purpose of preventing this honorable court from rendering a fair ruling in this case.”
Tennessee is known for systemic corruption from the governor’s office down to the lowliest court clerks, who participate in an all-encompassing criminal enterprise in which both the innocent and the guilty are jailed by means of corrupt grand juries, trial juries, judges, prosecutors, law enforcers, court personnel, and parole officers.
Court employees obscure, obstruct and prevent the release of documentation which should, by law, be routinely available to members of the public who request it under the Open Records Act. Acting under the auspices of the Tennessee Supreme Court, senior, or retired, judges drawing a pension are assigned to cases in which they have a clear conflict of interest and routinely ignore state law, the state constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Over the last five years, The Post & Email has exposed the corruption in the grand juries, used to issue indictments against members of the community, which is knowingly approved of by judges deeply entrenched in the conspiracy to imprison as many citizens as possible in a prisoners-for-profit enterprise suspected of fueling an extraordinary methamphetamine operation likely to have involved murder.
The Post & Email has notified both the Knoxville, TN and Washington, DC offices of the FBI of the corruption without a response.
Cases illustrating the systemic criminality within Tennessee’s “justice” system are those of George Joseph Raudenbush, III, who will be retried on seven charges in the same county where he was found to have been unconstitutionally deprived of his right to defense counsel, after which he spent more than two years in state prison; CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.), who discovered that grand juries in Tennessee are staffed with a judicially-selected foreman who does the judge’s bidding and serves for as long as the judge who chose him wishes; Dennis Burnett, who reported that now-retired Judge Carroll Lee Ross lied in court and that transcripts did not accurately reflect the proceedings; Michael Dewy Ellington, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in the absence of a police report or forensics; and Parsons, against whom no evidence existed that he ever committed a crime and who found that a member of his trial jury had lied about having been related to Parsons’ accuser but was not dismissed.
Fitzpatrick is serving a three-year sentence after having tried to present evidence of judicial corruption to the McMinn County, TN grand jury. A court recording of the August 19 sentencing hearing presided over by Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has been denied to The Post & Email and a Tennessee resident in violation of that state’s Open Records law.
Parsons also reported having been denied his constitutional right to defense counsel by the presiding circuit court judge.
Arthur Jay Hirsch of Lawrence County, TN filed a federal lawsuit against the judge who entered a plea on his behalf without his permission and ordered him jailed without a hearing in front of a magistrate, in violation of Tennessee code. Hirsch also learned that someone from the Lawrence County General Sessions Court contacted a bondsman and instructed him not to do business with Hirsch as he attempted to free himself from his unlawful jailing while his dying mother was at home unattended.
Marvin William Young of Monroe County has had his inheritance stolen and unfounded charges leveled against him after confronting the person plundering his late father’s estate, a case which may involved the murder of not one, but two people.
In October 2011, Darren Wesley Huff was tried and convicted in federal court in Knoxville on a firearms charge, relying on testimony from dishonest Monroe County, TN officials and the former 28-year grand jury foreman, Gary Pettway. Eyewitnesses who could attest to Huff’s whereabouts on the day in question were not subpoenaed to appear. Atty. G. Scott Green, who was appointed as Huff’s federal defense counsel and failed to call the eyewitnesses and present other exculpatory information, ran for and won the election for criminal court judge in Knox County in August.
Governors of both major political parties have allowed the systematic preying on the citizenry by the courts to continue unabated over decades. The average Tennesseean often appears ignorant of the corruption which operates throughout the state.
In a recent communication from Parsons, he summarized his initial victimization at the hands of Tipton County officials and subsequent reincarceration in February of this year on what he said were trumped-up grounds amid the apparent fear that he would run for county executive a second time. Accused of mistreating his farm animals and possessing firearms as a convicted felon, Parsons was arrested in what he calls a “kidnapping” by a “corrupt government not recognizable by the Constitution.”
Parsons was quickly cleared of the mistreatment allegation, which he believes was prompted by PETA and Tipton County officials working together.
In his first letter to The Post & Email, Parsons wrote that the state of Tennessee had been overtaken by those seeking to “obtain power by deception, then by fraud and now by force.”
Parsons was housed at the Bledsoe County Correctional Center (BCCX) for more than six months after he was rearrested without a parole revocation hearing having taken place despite a rule which mandates a hearing within 90 days. BCCX is more than six hours from Parsons’ home at the opposite end of the state.
In September, Parsons was relocated to the state prison in Clifton, which is approximately two hours from his home.
On Friday, Parsons’ wife informed The Post & Email that the parole revocation hearing took place on Thursday. “The woman over the hearing is going to recommend that Mike’s parole be revoked. So, the earliest he can come home will be May of next year,” Mrs. Parsons wrote.
Below is the second section of Parsons’ recent communication from prison. A third contains a sworn affidavit from his wife detailing the events of February 11, 2014, when Parsons was rearrested, news articles about the arrest, and printouts of laws Parsons says were violated in his case.
Parsons can receive mail at P.O. Box 655, Arlington, TN 38002.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
— Pastor Martin Niemoller