by Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, TDOC #540003

(Dec. 4, 2015) — [Editor’s Note:  The following letter was received from the above Tennessee state prison inmate on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

Fitzpatrick has been imprisoned since August 19, 2014 for convictions of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” following his attempted submissions to his county grand jury with what he believed was clear evidence of public corruption.  He was sentenced to three years in prison and declined parole last December.

On November 4, his attorney, Van Irion, filed an appeal of the case to the Tennessee Supreme Court following a September 8 decision by a Knoxville appellate court upholding the trial court’s decision.

In his letter, Fitzpatrick expounds on the “attainder” conducted by Tennessee courts by indicting, trying and convicting individuals without the benefit of a legally-formed Fifth Amendment grand jury.

As The Post & Email reported, an 1883 Tennessee Supreme Court case detailed that the foreman of the grand jury was chosen from the impaneled grand jurors, not hand-picked by the criminal court judge from “wherever they choose,” as asserted by today’s Tennessee courts and court clerks.

For new readers, more on Fitzpatrick’s exposure of judicial, prosecutorial and grand jury corruption in Tennessee can be found here.]

Fitzpatrick’s letter will be continued in a follow-on article.

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