WHAT IS “THE LAW OF THE LAND” IN TENNESSEE?
by Sharon Rondeau
USA Prepares host Vincent Finelli has extended a special two-hour invitation to Sharon Rondeau, who has owned and operated The Post & Email, an electronic newspaper reporting on government corruption, for the last five years. Finelli is familiar with the story of Mike Parsons, a Tipton County resident who was incarcerated for more than two years after an acquaintance of Parsons’ former political opponent appeared on Parsons’ property in September 20007, shot his gun 29 times, killed one of Parsons’ hybrid wolves, and nearly hit Parsons and his wife without provocation.
After conducting a citizen’s arrest, which is permitted by the Tennessee constitution, on the attacker, a judge ordered that sheriff’s deputies arrest Parsons instead. A tainted grand jury then indicted him on several felony charges, two of which ended in convictions by a corrupt trial jury containing a relative of the arresting officer. Parsons then spent the next 30 months incarcerated in Tennessee state prisons, where he was injured and lost what he describes as “half my hearing.”
Tipton County is part of the 25th Judicial District, where chief prosecutor Mike Dunavant is seeking “enhanced punishment” for Parsons on two new charges of allegedly possessing firearms as a convicted felon in February of last year. Mike Parsons March 9 court order possession of firearms
Before Judge William Peeler ordered him arrested, Parsons was a business owner, farmer, radio show host, adjunct faculty professor, Civil Air Patrol volunteer and contributor to his community. He was released from prison for the alleged parole violation on May 16 and faces an August 17 trial for the two new charges.
Parsons’ narrative of his ordeal can be read here: Mike Parsons Narrative
Dunavant did not return two calls from The Post & Email placed last month directly referencing Parsons’ case. Tipton County court clerk Mike Forbess, who at first was willing to speak with us about how the grand jury functions in the county, failed to return our subsequent calls requesting lists of grand jury members dating back several years.
In late 2009, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) exposed the Tennessee practice of installing judicially-selected grand jury foremen who serve for years and even decades at the judge’s pleasure. After having approached the McMinn County grand jury on several occasions with what he believed was clear evidence of government corruption last year, Fitzpatrick was indicted by that grand jury, tried, convicted and sentenced to three years in state prison for “aggravated perjury” and “extortion.” On May 19, Fitzpatrick’s defense attorney, Van Irion, presented oral argument to an appellate court during which he stated that his client simply “annoyed the wrong person.”
Finelli’s show is rebroadcast in 11 other markets following the live show, including the Republic Broadcasting Network (RBN) and markets in Tennessee, including Tipton County.
Article I, Section 8 of the Tennessee constitution states that “That no man shall be taken or imprisoned, or disseized of his freehold, liberties or privileges, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any manner destroyed or deprived of his life, liberty or property, but by the judgment of his peers, or the law of the land.”
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