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by Sharon Rondeau

Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk Martha M. Cook has served for more than 30 years and ran unopposed in the August 2014 elections

(Dec. 15, 2014) — Early this morning, The Post & Email reported that a hearing scheduled for 12:00 noon on Monday was reposted on the court’s online schedule as beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The man to be sentenced, George Joseph Raudenbush, III, told The Post & Email that he did not receive notification of the change.  Raudenbush is currently without an attorney in a similar situation to that which caused his previous convictions from 2011 to be reversed and remanded back to the trial court.

As sentencing is separate from the trial, Raudenbush is constitutionally entitled to representation today.

Over more than five years, The Post & Email has reported on systemic court corruption in Tennessee facilitated by judges, prosecutors, court personnel, grand and trial jurors, local police and sheriffs’ departments, and defense attorneys.

After sending an email to Monroe County Chief Court Clerk Martha M. Cook about the change in schedule, The Post & Email received the following response at 8:55 a.m. EST:

As of this time we thought the hearing was to be this morning and have just learned it’s scheduled for noon. I would think Mr. Raudenbush’s atty. would have notified him.

to which we responded:

He no longer has counsel.

How could such a mistake as to the hearing time be made?  Is there not a posted schedule involving a judge who must travel from out-of-town?

As of press time, we are awaiting Cook’s reply.

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