“RUNNING THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT”
by Sharon Rondeau
Last Tuesday, Parsons was suddenly moved from the state prison in Only, TN to the Henning facility in Lauderdale County, which is one of five counties in the state’s 25th Judicial District. In September 2007, district prosecutors charged Parsons with several crimes which he described as having been fabricated after he attempted to defend his family and property.
On Monday, Parsons expected to be brought in front of a judge but was told that hearings were taking place by video hookup only. He ultimately appeared in front of Judge Joe Walker late that day.
Parsons’s wife told The Post & Email that her husband’s next hearing will be held on June 26.
Mike had expected to be released in May prior to the new charges, which were published in a local paper. He has been imprisoned since his arrest on February 11, 2014 during a raid on his farm during which was accused of mistreating his farm animals and a parole violation of possessing firearms as a convicted felon.
Parsons was incarcerated for two and one-half years between November 2009 and April 2012 on convictions of aggravated assault and theft of property against Barry Laxton, who had arrived at the Parsonses’ property without provocation and shot one of their dogs.
In August 2006, Parsons had campaigned for county executive and expected to win. Following his last arrest, Parsons insisted that according to Tennessee law, he had not been in possession of firearms belonging to his wife, who kept them in a locked safe to which he possessed no key or combination.
Tennessee is known for its thoroughly-corrupt judicial system in which judges appoint their own grand jury foremen “from wherever they choose” to manipulate the Fifth-Amendment deliberative body into issuing indictments against county citizens. Trial juries are similarly rigged, with jurors serving in violation of state law to produce the desired outcome of conviction and incarceration.
The criminal enterprise conducted by each district’s “justice” system has been likened to human trafficking.
Parsons on Wednesday communicated to The Post & Email that the Tipton County grand jury foreman, William Brooks, has been “serving” in the position for more than 28 consecutive years, as did former Monroe County grand jury foreman Gary Pettway.
Pettway’s longstanding appointment was discovered by CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) in 2009 after he submitted a criminal complaint for the grand jury’s consideration.
Fitzpatrick is also incarcerated by the state of Tennessee at the facility located in Tiptonville for having attempted to bring judicial and prosecutorial corruption to the attention of the McMinn County grand jury. Instead of being called upon to testify, Fitzpatrick was indicted based only on the “evidence” of his several written submissions to the grand jury over approximately 18 months.
A trial jury convicted Fitzpatrick of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” and sentenced to three years in prison by Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood last August.
Fitzpatrick has said on numerous occasions that Tennessee judges are “running their own government” outside of any constitutional restraing.
The Post & Email called Parsons’s parole officer, Danny Johnson, at 731-984-9821 on both Monday and Tuesday this week to request comment on the new charges against Parsons but received no response.
An untold number of Tennesseans have been incarcerated for years or even decades as a result of the state’s perverted grand jury process, which denies defendants the protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution, Tennessee constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Tennessee has been identified as the most corrupt state in the nation in various recent reports. The majority of Tennessee residents appear unaware or unconcerned about the public corruption which incarcerates their relatives, acquaintances and neighbors with impunity.
Walker is a veteran of the U.S. Army, sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Rather than working to purge corruption, the Tennessee legislature has participated in perpetrating it.