Murder, Beatings,and Abuse of Power in the home of Andrew Jackson
When we contacted Walter Fitzpatrick Friday, September 8th, 2011, he told us about a second assault upon his person in a year by two Monroe County Tennessee Sheriff's Deputies, Mike Morgan and Pat Wilson.
If you haven't turned off the player at the bottom of the page, you are listening to the audio replay of that event.
UPDATE: Monroe County between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, September 9th, 2011 posted a new sign prohibiting audio or video recorders.
We then review a picture of Fitzpatrick from his "Jag Hunter" blog that shows him in his arrest photo after an earlier assault against him by them and by another officer, Trent Prock, on October 27, 2010. That photo is below.
"Wilson did that. He tried to rip my ear off," he said, in the husky voice Hear Us Now USA reporters have been speaking to for several months.
Hear Us Now USA originally contacted this man, ret. Navy Lieutenant Commander Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III because of his naming of Barack Obama in a treason complaint.
But we soon learned that he is on to to something equally serious. Since July 17, 2010, matters in Sweetwater have actually turned deadly.
Local Republican heavy-weight Jim Miller was murdered on the opening day of the early-vote election primary in Sweetwater, Tennessee, where Fitzpatrick resides. More on that below,
In our interview of September 8th, 2011, we reviewed the picture below.
"On that morning, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, I had just gotten off the phone with the FBI. I walked out my door and was ambushed by Deputy Sheriff Mike Morgan and Pat Wilson, and Trent Prock. They've made me a project. They want to hurt me, they want me dead, and given the opportunity, they will kill me. They are injecting themselves into everything I am doing to highlight what's going on here. They are the boots on the ground working for the attorneys and prosecutors to obstruct me in every way, in my attempts to report criminal behavior in the courts, and of all the court functionaries, the secretaries, the court clerks," Fitzpatrick said. "They are all criminally complicit," he added.
Prock has since left the Sheriff's department and is now a Federal Marshall.
Fitzpatrick said the events of October 27, 2010 began after he had hung up with an FBI agent.
"I went out my side door, they (Prock, Wilson, and Morgan) were in an unmarked van. I looked up into the parking lot, when I see a vehicle that is strange, I saw a white minivan with a Marine Corps front plate, in a moment of weakness, I turned to my right to proceed to a neighbor's house," he said.
But he grew nervous as he had turned his back on the strange vehicle. "I stopped, I took a few steps and turned around, and when I turned around I had a group of three or four men rushing towards me, retreated back to my home, closed the door, they broke the door down, Wilson and Morgan," Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick said they then kicked down the door, then Morgan tackled him.
"I was pushing against the door when the broke downt he door, Morgan began the physical attack. They were trying to handcuff me, they were trying to restrain me. It was like two wrestlers, me wrestling on the floor with Morgan. I resisted in other ways forcefully as I could," he said.
Fitzpatrick claimed that they presented no warning, showed no warrant, and went on torturing him after he was immobilized.
"It wasn't until I got outside that I got tazed. Wilson grabbed my left ear and tried to rip it off. Wilson was inflicting these wounds on my ear and on the side of my head after I was handcuffed," he said, pointing out the abrasions on his head in the photo.
Fitzpatrick said that Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood at 2:15 on Tuesday the 19th of Oictober at 2:15 p.m scheduled a hearing from Fitzpatrick to attend on the 22nd of October. This was apparently the result of Fitzpatrick filing notice that he and his attorney Stephen Pigeon were parting ways. Fitzpatrick claims to have received no notice of the court date. " I was to appear on Friday that week, that was not a hearing on any court schedule," he said.
On the 22nd, with Fitzpatrick not in attendance, Judge Blackwood issued a bench warrant for Fitzpatrick, and the Sheriff, Bill Bivens, sent his deputies to serve it. They caught up with Fitzpatrick on the Tuesday the 27th of October.
Fitzpatrick explains: "On the 18th of October, I and Stephen Pigeon basically parted ways. On the morning of the 19th of October, I walk in and file the documents that are the dismissal of counsel in the morning. On that same afternoon, 2:15 of entered into a record, John Kerry Blackwood scheduled a hearing for me to appear on the 22nd. That was something like only 58 hours later, and there were nothing else scheduled for the court," he said. Fitzpatrick claims to have received no notice of this court date schedule, and more, damning, despite the obvious physical abuse he suffered in his own home at the hands of these Sheriff's deputies, he was never charged with anything.
"I was never charged with the offense of failing to appear," Fitzpatrick said.
Charges Arise From Attempted Citizen Arrest
This court matter was the continuation of Fitzpatrick's attempt to apply a citizens's arrest on Gary Pettway, who has served as Grand Jury foreman for two decades in blatant violation of Tennessee statue, Fitzpatrick said. On April 1, 2010, he made the attempt, but was himself arrested. Judge Carroll Lee Ross told the officers in the court to charge Fitzpatrick with riot and disorderly conduct. He was imprisoned for five days.
He was ultimately indicted by a specially - and illegally - convened Grand Jury, for two felony charges: retaliation against juror for a past act, and civil rights intimidation.
Ultimately Fitzpatrick would be convicted of two misdemeanors--resisting arrest, the other one for disrupting a meeting, The felony charges were dismissed.
"The first three charges against me came from Judge Carroll Lee Ross," Fitzpatrick explained. "This was on the first of April to put Mr. Gary Pettway under citizen's arrest for illegally serving as Grand Jury Foreman for 20 years.
"Judge Ross counter-filed criminal acts against me, for riot. I'm actually charged with riot, for attempting a citizen's arrest. Disorderly conduct, and the fourth one was resisting arrest. Mike Morgan was there on the 1st April, I was locked up that day and was incarcerated for five days.
Fitzpatrick related that the felony charges were trumped up, then dismissed. "Those two felony charges did not breathe until the 3rd of June, 2010," he said. "There was no police report, there were no witnesses. I was there that day talked to the Grand Jury, then I left. Those two charges were added, and the Grand Jury then ordered my arrest on these two felony charges."
Fitzpatrick avers that the judges of the Tennessee 10th Circuit move jurors around like large corporations move around key employees.
"Amy Armstrong Reedy installed Angela Davis as the Grand Jury Foreman on June 3, 2010. WE came to find out that Ms. Davis was in a trial jury in 2009. After she was in a trial jury in 2009 and made her way into the Grand Jury by 2010. The judges are populating the Grand Juries with hand-picking the people," adding that while this practice in the 10th Tennessee Judicial Circuit is now two decades old, it is in clear violation of state statute.
Nor is there apparently any evidence that these "foremen for life" have ever been sworn in properly. Fitzpatrick claims to have filed official requests to see these affidavits, but again, the paperwork is never forthcoming from the Court Clerk.
The charges filed against Fitzpatrick arose after Fitzpatrick attempted a citizen's arrest of Gary Pettway, a 20-year "professional" Grand Jury foreman.
"The state of Tennessee accused me that I had acted against Mr. Pettway in such a way that made me guilty of civil rights intimidation and retaliation for a past ruling. The state made these accusations brought them to the Grand Jury without police report or evidence.
"If you do not have a lawfully constituted Grand Jury," Fitzpatrick said, "then that unlawful body cannot return an indictment. They cannot order a lower court jury into existence.
"This is attainder in pure form," he said. Attainder is punishment without process of law.
Fitzpatrick Assaulted Again 9/7/11
Fitzpatrick claims to have been again accosted and abused by these two deputies on September 8th, 2011, while awaiting his scheduled appointment to address the Monroe County Grand Jury.
Deputy Wilson took Fitzpatrick's tape recorder and slammed it twice on a table, Fitzpatrick claimed. He then returned it to Fitzpatrick, thinking it was off. What you are hearing on this page, unless you have turned it off, is the audio Fitzpatrick took as the two Deputy Sheriff's scuffled with Fitzpatrick, and allegedly attempted to send him flying down two flights of stairs.
Fitzpatrick is investigating something he claims is blatant, and wide-open. Grand Jury foremen are hand-picked by judges in several counties of Tennessee, and granted leave to serve year after year,for as many as 24 years--Joel Riley in Loudon County, Gary Pettway in Monroe County, and Roane County foreman Charles Snow.
Tennessee statutes plainly state that "A juror who has completed a jury service term shall not be summoned to serve another jury service term in any court of this state for a period of 24 months following the last day of such service..." 22-2-314 Tennessee Statute.
Why then are at least three Tennessee Counties breaking the law continuously for decades?
And why are people like Denise Barnes doing double-duty as court reporter and special secretary to judges? And why, as Fitzpatrick alleges, does Ms. Barnes obstruct attempts for citizens to have access to those court records?
These are questions Fitzpatrick has raised throughout the state of Tennessee, and to the FBI - so far, to no avail. The Tennessee 10th Circuit practice of hand-picking jurors is so wide-spread, that County Clerk Martha Cooke reported the practice without compunction to the Sweetwater Advocate and Democrat, in a January 31, 2011 interview with reporter Michael Thomason. Click here to see that article.
"The judge can pick the foreperson from wherever they choose, And they serve for two years unlike the other jurors," she said then. This statement is in effect an admission of judicial wrong-doing and violation of Tennessee state law and constitution.
Unfortunately, the reporter, Mr. Thomlinson, accepted her statement of process as fact, and offered no follow-up to her avowal of process that is clearly in violation of Tennessee statute.
Tennessee 10th Appoints Foremen-for-Life
"At least three judges are installing one individual as the foreman of McMinn County Grand Jury - Joel Riley. He is being picked with particularity by these judges are R. Steve Bebb, Amy Armstrong Reedy, and Carroll Lee Ross. Since 2005. How does that happen without crime?
"They are hiding information from me, they know what I'm going to find . These people are in these juries to do what the government wants them to do they are convict innocent people.
"People around here are afraid to say anything. They are afraid they'll lose there job, they're afraid they'll be arrested, they're afraid they'll be treated like I've been, they're afraid they'll be murdered, like Jim Miller was," Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick says that Gary Pettway, Fay Tennyson, Faye C. Tennyson, and Angela Davis have all been named Grand Jury foremen by the judges of the Tennessee 10th, this year.
Fitzpatrick has requested the forms that show who was administered oaths of office to serve as Grand Jury foreman, but documentation does not flow freely out of the Monroe County Courthouse.
The Case of George Raudenbush
Fitzpatrick is not alone in abuse at the hands of ruffians in Monroe County. George Raudenbush, also on the trail of bureaucratic corruption there, was recently incarcerated for having a device on his person that was not actually in evidence. Raudenbush, a local missionary on the 22nd of August 2011, locked up for two days. The judge who made the order was Carroll Lee Ross.
Raudenbush's troubles emanated from a traffic violation stop that he eluded, because of his fear of physical harm. He was severely beaten and left for dead
George Raudenbush similarly is pursuing the issue of possible abuse of judicial power and government lawbreaking. He was abducted on May 18, 2006 and severely beaten. Raudenbush has claimed that local law enforcement knows the identities of his attackers, but none were ever brought to justice. Not to our knowledge. Click here for reports on George Raudenbush's troubles with the Monroe County, in Sharon Rondeau's Post & Email. Click here to read about it the Sope-Boks blog.
Who Murdered Jim Miller?
Where was this man, Ronnie Helton, between the hours of 1 p.m., 8 p.m. on July 17, 2010? Why is his motto, "STOP SNITCHIN"?
Sometime near dark on Saturday evening, July 17th, 2010, witnesses claim to have seen someone very like this man with as many as two others, discarding bloodied garments into a blue dumpster at the Marathon Gas Station 513 South Highway 11. These clothes were brought to the Sweetwater Police Department. What came of it?
Scuttlebutt in and around Sweetwater Tennessee is that this man Helton, when he's had a few, boasts of having put the bullets into the brain of Jim Miller last July 17, 2010.
Have police investigated this horrific claim? Not to our knowledge. We will update this article with any information the Sweetwater, Tennessee Police Department would like to share with Hear Us Now USA.
The beauty of social media is that it is an open book for many people. When Hear Us Now USA saw that Helton claims to be in a relationship with Sloan Vincil, we looked at her profile.
What we see is someone whose Facebook page can be construed as a plea for help and strength in the face of some terrible pressure.
Why are his girlfriend's favorite sayings "This too shall pass?" and "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger?" Sloan Vincil is her name. Her taste in music is very dark: Divinity Lust, from a website bearing her name, has "Dark Pain" as a song, and "Dead Days" the album. Their logo is...dark.
Vincil's avowed religious beliefs, she writes, is something she'd "better not talk about," from her website.
Hear Us Now USA can only wonder what these two people might know about the crime scene below, the earth scorched due to the burning car. Somebody took Jim Wilson prisoner, shot him in the head three times, put him in the trunk of a car, and set it ablaze. Police have arrested this woman, Ms. Jennifer Powers, for the murder. Her trial is in October. But would this 5'6" woman have been to do all that was done to the 6'4" Miller on July 17, 2010? Shot him leaving no evidence, gotten him into the truck of the car, and set it ablaze?
Call it profiling on our part, but none of those things are even remotely female modus operendi.
We at Hear Us Now USA wonder about it.
As for Helton and Vincil: to our knowledge, neither of these people are of interest to local law enforcement, nor have they been implicated in any way.
The scorched earth where Miller's car was found, and the blue dumpster back of the Marathon Gas Station - that never became a crime scene - are the reminders that something stinks in Tennessee. Terror is afoot. The allegations of abuse of power are intriguing; the obvious physical evidence of assault is hard to overlook
Sweetwater, Monroe County, and all the counties within the purview of the Tennessee 10th Circuit court are living under conditions, Fitzpatrick alleges, of a government gone berserk with power.
Lately, people who get too close, like Jim Miller, George Raudenbush, and Walter Fitzpatrick, are met with violence.
All that's left of Jim Miller are his pictures.
And of course, his killers, and something called justice, that may have gone out of style in the Tennessee 10th Judicial Circuit.