A “GOOD” KIND OF “NERVOUS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 1, 2018) — In a letter received on Tuesday, Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) inmate Robert Z. Whipple III wrote that his parole hearing on April 18 has resulted in a positive decision for his release from prison “in a couple weeks.”
Whipple said that he expects to leave the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) for a halfway house, after which he hopes to find employment. While at BCCX, he has had “trustee” status, meaning that he is low-security and has worked regularly.
The Post & Email has redacted the name and location of the facility to which Whipple said he expects to be discharged.
He stated that he is “a little nervous” about his upcoming release “after being locked up seven years,” but that “it is a good nervous!”
Whipple also referred to his lawsuit, Whipple v. Millay, for which a federal magistrate ordered a phone conference on May 7 to include the Tennessee Attorney General’s office and Whipple ostensibly to resolve Whipple’s complaint that he has been denied access to the courts by BCCX personnel.
Whipple’s renewed complaint last month arose after a computer terminal with the “Westlaw” legal research tool was installed in an area of the facility to which he was allowed access, but shortly thereafter, the hours of availability were curtailed to the point where Whipple’s work schedule precluded his having any access at all.
“…if I am still in prison on that day, I intend to fight for better hours for the ones that aren’t getting out,” he wrote.
Whipple had also sued the Tennessee Board of Parole over failing to grant him parole earlier in his nearly 12-year sentence.
On Tuesday the TDOC’s online search tool for felony offenders confirmed Whipple’s report.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.