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“ABUSED BY UNSCRUPULOUS PRACTITIONERS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 16, 2014) — On Friday, The Post & Email left a voice message with Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood‘s office asking for comment on remarks he made on November 25, 2014 following the reading of “guilty” verdicts in the retrial of Christian missionary George Joseph Raudenbush, III.
Blackwood was reported to have eagerly asked at the time, “Are you ready for sentencing? I want this done before Christmas.” Normal sentencing hearings are held months, and sometimes up to a year, following conviction.
While leaving the message, we also asked for comment on the observations of a trial witness who reported that a juror greeted a Tellico Plains police officer by first name upon leaving the courtroom after having stated that he was not acquainted with anyone on the Tellico Plains police force.
On December 30, 2010, Tellico Plains Lt. Brian Millsaps encountered Raudenbush while driving and claimed that Raudenbush assaulted him in addition to committing six vehicular violations. At his original trial in which Raudenbush was denied counsel in August 2011, he was convicted on eight charges and sent to state prison for more than two years.
Raudenbush said he did not in any way assault Millsaps and invoked the “fight or flight” “necessity” of leaving the area and immediately calling 911 from a nearby location. Blackwood did not allow the 911 recordings to be played during the recent trial.
Raudenbush’s sentencing hearing was held on Monday at noon, during which Blackwood surprised prosecutor Paul D. Rush, Raudenbush’s public defenders, character witnesses who attended and expected to give testimony, and Raudenbush himself when he stated that he could not sentence Raudenbush to more jail or prison time.
Raudenbush reasoned that “they wanted a conviction, and they got a conviction” because of a federal lawsuit he filed against the State of Tennessee accusing Millsaps of having used “excessive force.”
Millsaps was fired from the Monroe County, TN Sheriff’s Department, which has employed others who utilized excessive force. Shortly before Raudenbush’s encounter with Millsaps, a victim who was humiliated, badly injured and abused and then assessed with $3,000 in fines at the hands of Monroe County sheriff’s deputies told The Post & Email his story. “They just opened the door and threw me on the ground,” he told us.
He also described having been tasered scores of times while deputies laughed at him in his agony, pepper-sprayed while in the back of the police car, beaten until he bled from the head, and having been knocked at the police station. Monroe County then extorted money from him based on the premise that he would avoid future jail time and threatened him with the specter of repeated beatings if he went “to the media” with his story.
The victim told us that Monroe County, TN was “not much different than the Soviet Union.”
On Monday at approximately 10:30 a.m., Blackwood’s assistant Mindy returned our telephone call, advising that Blackwood’s office does not “speak directly with the press” and suggesting we contact Administrative Office of the Courts Communications Director Michele Wojciechowski.
The Post & Email has attempted on several occasions to speak with Wojciechowski to no avail. Originally she agreed to speak with us at a predetermined time; however, after we sent her recordings of the June 24 and 25 trial of CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) in which the key witness admitted to never having filed a criminal complaint to substantiate the charges and grand jurors admitted to having been prejudiced before indicting Fitzpatrick, Wojciechowski ceased responding to us.
A Connie Turner at the Administrative Office of the Courts spoke with us on two occasions but said the only recourse was to “file a complaint against the judge.”
Fitzpatrick has said that Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District, in which Monroe and McMinn Counties are located, are operated by a “dictatorship of the judiciary” which incarcerates as many citizens as possible to run a prisoners-for-profit enterprise. The incarceration of defendants, whether innocent or guilty, appears to garner funds for the movement of illegal drugs and cash through the area.
The Post & Email has been told that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcers are facilitators of the illicit drug operations which the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is supposedly combating each and every day. The TBI has declined to investigate judges who are reportedly violating Tennessee law.
Transcripts, court records, and other documents which should be available to the public are kept secret, altered at times, or posted on the internet before a defendant can obtain his own copy.
Malfeasance in the Tenth District involving federal courts has been reported to the U.S. Congress without result thus far.
In Nazi Germany, the “People’s Court” humiliated, ridiculed, then ordered murdered those who participated in the July 20, 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler as well as others deemed disloyal to the Nazi regime. Dubbed “the Executioner,” Atty. Roland Freisler was appointed by Hitler to carry out the sham trials, during which Freisler shouted at the defendants and, according to one victim who survived, “had complete power.”
“He was obsessed by it,” another witness said, after which the narrator refers to “the lure of the dictatorship” (4:31) in which justice was “abused by unscrupulous practitioners.”
Freisler was called Hitler’s “blood judge.” He opposed “democracy” and had “been a longstanding member of the Nazi Party.”
Following an October 24 Powerpoint presentation on the court intake process, Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Paul Lenz was “criticized” for invoking the Auschwitz concentration camp as an example of an efficient way to “sort” people.
Lenz was first elected in 1994 and re-elected in 2012, having run without opposition. He presides in Wisconsin’s Tenth Judicial District. According to Judgepedia, Lenz “is known for sometimes handing down eccentric sentences” which utilize “humiliation.”
No one was reported to have walked out of the presentation after Lenz invoked Auschwitz, although one attendee stated that he “should have gotten up and walked out.” After public criticism arose, Lenz and his fellow circuit court judges issued written apologies. According to The Leader-Telegram on November 1, “Whether Lenz will be reprimanded for his comments remains uncertain.”
As the largest Nazi forced labor, torture and death camp, Auschwitz was the scene of more than a million murders during World War II. Auschwitz also carried out horrific medical experiments on children, particularly twins.