Monday, 18 August 2014
There are too many addresses to send this email to all in one shot. So, it is also going out to dozens more in the second wave…
I was at the hearing at CampPen yesterday, and it was a long day. We were in court for nearly 8 hours. What I couldn’t tell you before, is what you will see in the short video below regarding his new civilian attorney Chris Oprison (now assisting his assigned military attorneys). Chris used to be one of president George Bush’s attorneys, when he was president. Also, Chris is a former Marine and has had cases heard before the Supreme Court as well. He is a genius in the courtroom. And he has taken on this case pro bono. I was unable to make the hearing that followed today, but having just talked with Larry, it was more of the same by Chris today. And he is just getting started. The August court martial that was delayed to the Oct/Nov timeframe has now been re-scheduled for next January. The trial date is a moving target, and I expect that we will see further delays. Now, after eight long years of getting the short end of the stick, the playing field is level. And at long last Larry and his legal team are able to “Roll in Hot.” The defense is now on the offense.
For those who are not entirely familiar with Larry’s case, if you google Sgt Larry Hutchins or Hamdaniya, it will bring you up to speed. However, what you will most likely see in print is far short of the entire story. As most of you know, I have been involved in Larry’s case for the past four years. I was appointed by his outstanding appellate attorney, Maj Babu Kaza, to act as Larry’s legal liaison for the three years while he was incarcerated at the MCAS Miramar Consolidated Brig. Prior to that, Larry, was at Ft. Leavenworth and the Camp Pendleton brig. He was initially sentenced to 15 years behind bars. His case was overturned in 2009, he was released only to find himself re-tried again, and he was re-incarcerated. As you research this case you will see how politics reared its ugly head that has caused this to continue on for eight long years now.
Without question, his case is the most well known, and probably most infamous, in military legal circles. It is extraordinary what he and his family have had to endure these past eight years. In November of 2012, the highest court in the military legal system, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), found in his favor regarding an illegal NCIS investigation conducted in-country in Iraq. They had essentially locked him up in solitary confinement in little more than a CONEX box for a week. Even upon his release based on the CAAF decision, a little over a year ago, the prosecution still wanted him held in pre-trial confinement until the outcome of their third attempt at court martial. Had it not been for the intervention of his appellate attorney, Maj Kaza and the Honorable Bing West (former Vietnam Marine, Asst. SecDef in the Reagan administration and highly accomplished novelist), Larry would still be behind bars today. Additionally you should know that former congressman and retired army LtCol Allen West has been an advocate for Larry and the “Leavenworth 10” since the beginning of this unbelievable journey. I have nothing but the highest admiration for the above mentioned men, as I know you do.
Please don’t ask me how this whole evolution for eight years can still be continuing on until this time. I have learned more about the military legal system in the past four years than I ever thought possible, or wanted to… and I still don’t understand it. It’s the old adage, “one step forward and two steps back” when it comes to me, as just when I think I have it kinda figured out I discover that I still don’t know a damned thing. Lastly, you should know that in the past year since Larry’s release, he has truly been what he always was… A Sergeant of Marines. He is the top rated Sgt amongst 33 others in his command. For those who will be doing further research, believe me, you will be scratching your head as to how this could ever happen to one of our own. We never left a Marine in need behind in a hot LZ in Vietnam… and we are not about to change our ways now.
So, here is the latest unbelievable thing that the prosecution has pulled. In the link below, the reference by Bridget Naso has to do with CID a few months back coming into the CampPen defense attorney’s offices, and required that the attorneys stand out in the passageway as they rifled through all the lawyer-client confidential files throughout the entire complex that encompasses the defense attorney’s offices. To say the least there has been nothing but outrage out this way as to this latest event. They were looking for a cellphone that was pertinent to another case, but after finding the phone early on, they continued to go through all of the other defense attorney’s case files, including Larry’s. On the stand yesterday, Chris questioned the CID agents and others. He caught them during questioning in several instances of “inconsistencies.” To put it into a vernacular we are all familiar with… “He ripped them a new one.”
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“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated Petition have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be ruler of a free people.”
JOE DAN GORMAN: INTELLECTUAL FROGLEGS ~ Girly Manchurian: the Phony President (Intellectual Froglegs 2014 N-2)
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Should Judge Blackwood Be Criminally Prosecuted?
Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 1:57 PM In National |
PETITIONING GOVERNMENT NOW A CRIME PUNISHABLE WITH PRISON TIME
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 30, 2014) — 12:40 p.m. EDT – The petition launched at change.org on Sunday calling upon the Tennessee judiciary to cease and desist its illegal arrest, charging and conviction of innocent citizens for attempting to expose government corruption has garnered 55 signatures as of this writing.
The petition specifically demands that Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood vacate the verdict of a jury from last Tuesday which convicted CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” after attempting to petition the McMinn County grand jury with evidence of crimes committed by the judges, prosecutors and grand jury foremen of Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District.
One of the signers, Col. Harry Riley (Ret.), is founder of Operation American Spring (OAS) and has called upon numerous federal officials to resign their posts for violations of their oaths to the U.S. Constitution. In a comment left under his signature on Monday, Riley stated:
Judicial illegal activity has become tyranny in the U.S. What is the matter with “we the people” in Tennessee?? These judges, prosecutors, jury foreman are criminals that should be prosecuted.
Since late 2009, Fitzpatrick has exposed systemic corruption in the Tennessee courts which has been borne out by many other victims and members of the Tennessee House of Representatives and Senate. In Tennessee, no private citizen can bring evidence or a criminal complaint to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) or the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, as The Post & Email has recently re-confirmed.
For decades, criminal court judges have been appointing grand jury foremen, who often exert undue influence on the grand jury, which affects whether or not they issue an indictment against an accused. Last Tuesday, Fitzpatrick’s conviction was issued as a result of of a tainted grand jury which, in January, had been prejudiced by then-McMinn grand jury foreman Jeffrey Cunningham and then voted to indict Fitzpatrick in March.
Blackwood refused to consider that the grand jury’s indictment of Fitzpatrick was affected by Cunningham’s informing of them of Fitzpatrick’s “history” in January and the escorting of the grand jury members out of the courthouse after Fitzpatrick was asked to leave, giving them the impression that he was a dangerous person.
One grand jury said in sworn testimony in a pre-trial hearing in the Fitzpatrick case that she voted to indict because she herself felt “threatened” by Fitzpatrick based on what she had been told.
Blackwood upheld the indictments and the convictions.
Prosecutor A. Wayne Carter claimed that Fitzpatrick lied in petitions he attempted to submit to the grand jury over a period of months and which were blocked by Cunningham, but in sworn testimony last Monday, Cunningham stated that Fitzpatrick made no misstatements.
Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, claimed that Fitzpatrick had exercised his constitutional right to petition his government for the redress of grievances under the First Amendment, “to do what the law plainly allows.”
During his closing argument at the trial, Carter objected to Fitzpatrick’s having worn his Navy uniform to the trial, although a congressional statute allows retirees to do so.
The Post & Email launched a second petition at whitehouse.gov here:
urging that the FBI be tasked with launching a criminal investigation into public corruption in Tennessee, which has been ranked third in corruption in a recent research study.
Since at least 1980, Blackwood has participated in choosing grand jury foremen who have worked for years and sometimes decades in violation of Tennessee code.
The conviction of a citizen without a proper trial is called “attainder.”
Assaults on the First Amendment have increased under the Obama regime to include as targets veterans, homeschoolers, religious freedom groups, Second Amendment advocates, Tea Parties, traditional marriage and pro-life groups.
As a result of Tuesday’s verdict, in Tennessee and the nation as a whole, petitioning the government for redress is now a crime punishable by prison time. How many are willing to live with that?
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Sunday, 29 June 2014
A CHRISTIAN CITIZEN, EUGENE WITING’S PREAMBLE
“The Constitution of the United States is dead.
“On June 24 2014 in Judge Kerry Blackwood’s court the Constitutional rights of Commander Walter Fitzpatrick were taken away. His right to present to the Grand jury redress of grievances of massive government corruption was denied.
“Please note that his rights under the Constitution are the same as yours and when Commander Fitzpatrick lost his rights so did you. There will be a federal civil rights trial in the near future over this miscarriage of justice.
“Commander Fitzpatrick was found guilty with hearsay and lies on the part of the prosecutor Mr. Carter [Colonel, U.S. Army Retired] and [banker - attorney] Mr. Jeffry Cunningham. There was and never will be any proof of guilt. Mr. Cunningham denied Commander Fitzpatrick his right ( and yours ) to present to the Grand jury redress of grievances against the judicial side of Government of McMinn County TN. [Cunningham] also broke the law by not recusing himself when he knew what was in the presentment to the grand jury.
“The prosecutor Carter would not even honor Commander Fitzpatrick by calling him Commander. All you Vets beware you may be next if you have the courage of your convictions and keep your oath to our nations military to stand for freedom.
“Note there are more Americans in prison in the United States per capita than any country in the world. Many of which do not deserve to be in prison put there by a rigged grand jury. Some are guilty of “thinking “ about doing something. Now the thought police are on the seen.
“Juries are so important that they can even nulify bad laws. Did you know that? The defense is banned to even bring that up in the court room.
“Shame on the judges, prosecutors and juries!”
NOW, SHARON RONDEAU’S REPORT
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First Amendment Dead in Tennessee pb
Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 4:37 PM In National |
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 28, 2014) — The same McMinn County, TN grand jury which was prejudiced by its foreman in January issued a presentment in March charging CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) with extortion, harassment, stalking, and aggravated perjury.
On Tuesday, Fitzpatrick was convicted on the counts of extortion and aggravated perjury but acquitted of harassment. Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, who was ordered to leave the bench in an unrelated case because of questions about his “impartiality,” dismissed the charge of “stalking” prior to the end of the trial.
On numerous occasions since late 2012, Fitzpatrick had attempted to submit evidence of crimes committed to the McMinn County grand jury in an exercise of his First Amendment right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
In Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District, which includes McMinn, Polk, Bradley and Monroe Counties, the grand juries alternate months of service so that the January group skips February and is convened again in March, then in May.
In January, then-grand jury foreman Jeffrey Cunningham had “informed” the grand jury of Fitzpatrick’s “history” after Fitzpatrick attempted to submit evidence of misconduct on the part of public officials to include Cunningham, the criminal court judges, prosecutors, and local law enforcement. Fitzpatrick had asked Cunningham to recuse himself from the matter since he was named in the complaint, in accordance with state law, a point which Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, raised during the trial.
One of the grand jurors said she voted to indict Fitzpatrick because she felt “intimidated” by him after what Cunningham had told the group in the grand jury room.
Cunningham refused to remove himself from presenting any of Fitzpatrick’s petitions to the grand jury while he served as foreman, reportedly resigning on March 4 of this year.
In February, Cunningham threatened Fitzpatrick with arrest if he should make another effort to bring a submission to the grand jury.
Blackwood was not impartial in Fitzpatrick’s case, as he had refused Fitzpatrick’s request without a hearing for a subsequent restraining order against Cunningham.
At issue was the hand-selecting of the grand jury foreman by the criminal court judges, a practice dating back decades in Tennessee but which is found nowhere in state code. The Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure mandate that the grand jury foreman, while chosen by the judge, “must possess all the qualifications of a juror.” A person chosen without the same vetting process as those selected in accordance with state law may or may not possess those “qualifications.”
The Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights is the only place in our founding documents which mentions the grand jury. One legal source notes it as a “protection against abuse of government authority.” When the Constitution was under deliberation, a Bill of Rights was insisted upon by the anti-Federalists, who feared that a central government created by the states would overreach its constraints and usurp power from the people.
Since Cunningham admitted that Fitzpatrick’s claims were accurate during testimony, it is unknown how the conviction on “aggravated perjury” materialized. In Tennessee law, “extortion” signifies an attempt to “coerce” someone to do something.
There must be a unanimous finding of guilt for a conviction. A legal analysis of the provisions of the Sixth Amendment, which includes the right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers, states:
By the time the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights were drafted and ratified, the institution of trial by jury was almost universally revered, so revered that its history had been traced back to Magna Carta. 42 The jury began in the form of a grand or presentment jury with the role of inquest and was started by Frankish conquerors to discover the King’s rights…
The guarantees of jury trial in the Federal and State Constitutions reflect a profound judgment about the way in which law should be enforced and justice administered. A right to jury trial is granted to criminal defendants in order to prevent oppression by the Government. Those who wrote our constitutions knew from history and experience that it was necessary to protect against unfounded criminal charges brought to eliminate enemies and against judges too responsive to the voice of higher authority. The framers of the constitutions strove to create an independent judiciary but insisted upon further protection against arbitrary action. Providing an accused with the right to be tried by a jury of his peers gave him an inestimable safeguard against the corrupt overzealous prosecutor and against the compliant, biased, or eccentric judge. . . . [T]he jury trial provisions . . . reflect a fundamental decision about the exercise of official power–a reluctance to entrust plenary powers over the life and liberty of the citizen to one judge or to a group of judges. Fear of unchecked power . . . found expression in the criminal law in this insistence upon community participation in the determination of guilt or innocence.” 48
With the systemic corruption within the Tennessee courts as reported by The Post & Email over more than four years, it is difficult to know whether or not the jury was “impartial” in Fitzpatrick’s case.
The prosecutor, A. Wayne Carter, said that Fitzpatrick lied in his attempted grand jury submissions, but Cunningham said that Fitzpatrick’s statements were accurate.
Carter retired from the U.S. Army as a “full-bird” colonel and has asked that Fitzpatrick be sentenced as a “career criminal” with enhanced sentencing for attempting to exercise his constitutional rights to petition the grand jury. Carter excoriated Fitzpatrick for wearing his Navy uniform by asking, “How dare he wear his uniform here? How dare he?”
Title 10 U.S.C., Section 772 (c) permits the wearing of a military uniform by retirees. Fitzpatrick served in the Navy for 24 years and was honorably discharged.
In his submission, Fitzpatrick had attempted to inform the grand jury that its then-foreman, Jeffrey Cunningham, was acting outside the law by failing to inform them that he was a court employee hand-selected by Judge Amy Reedy rather than empaneled from a randomly-chosen jury pool as state law requires. No one objected when Irion stated in a pre-trial hearing that Cunningham was an employee of the Tenth Judicial District rather than an empaneled juror; however, during the trial, both Carter and Cunningham characterized his role as “a juror.”
Last fall, Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper’s office issued a brief to an appellate court which stated unequivocally that the grand jury foreman “is not impaneled” as the other grand jurors are.
In Monroe County, grand jury foreman Gary Pettway was described in an indictment against Fitzpatrick as “a juror.”
Cunningham was “selected” when Reedy called him “at home” one evening and asked him to serve as her “next grand jury foreman” for McMinn County beginning in 2012.
As the alleged victim of the crimes, Cunningham testified on the witness stand that the statements in Fitzpatrick’s criminal complaints were accurate. Carter insisted that they were not. Cunningham retracted his position as Fitzpatrick’s accuser at the pre-trial hearing, and no police report or sworn statement was produced.
How, then, did the jury reach its conclusions?
Innocent men and women have spent years, and sometimes decades, in state prisons in Tennessee because of corrupt judges.
During Fitzpatrick’s trial, a rally calling upon a raise in the minimum wage was held outside the courthouse. With last week’s jury verdict – that petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances is a felony – such future rallies will no longer be possible under the First Amendment.
The Obama regime targeted Tea Party, Second Amendment, pro-life, Christian, traditional-marriage groups and even a U.S. senator beginning in 2010 in an effort to quell their freedom of speech guaranteed under the First Amendment. Obama operatives have been actively involved in silencing anyone investigating Obama’s background, life story, birthplace, or the veracity of his statements. At the time of this writing, at least one of the operatives is facing criminal indictment for some of the same “crimes” of which Fitzpatrick was accused.
Beginning approximately three weeks ago, Fox News, Fox News Radio, and The Washington Times began to openly discuss the issue about Obama’s eligibility, birthplace, and life narrative, ending a six-year media blackout on the subject. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who launched an investigation at an undisclosed time after his Cold Case Posse declared that Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form were fraudulent, has told The Times that he is “honing in” on the creators of the forgeries.
Now, almost daily, new revelations of corruption, intimidation, possible blackmail and illegal leaking of confidential information on the part of the regime are made by internet and broadcast media.
On March 17, 2009, Fitzpatrick filed a criminal complaint of treason against Obama for being a “foreign born domestic enemy.” After filing it on the federal level, Fitzpatrick attempted to take it to the Monroe County grand jury, where he resided at the time. It was then that he discovered that Tennessee grand jury foremen serve for years, and sometimes decades, at the pleasure of criminal court judges.
Five years ago, Fitzpatrick was a lone voice naming Obama in the commission of treason. Today he is not.
Adm. James A. Lyons (Ret.), formerly Commander, Pacific Fleet while CDR Fitzpatrick served in the Pacific Fleet, has described Obama’s actions as “the agenda an enemy would devise.” On June 23, Lyons wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Times:
…What’s happening to America’s standing in the world is not due to incompetence, as some have claimed. This is planned. We are witnessing the Obama administration’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood creed, which is to destroy America from within. Congress must be responsible to take back America. Nothing less is acceptable.
Numerous others have joined the chorus accusing Obama of treason against the United States of America.
Radio show host Carl Gallups, who is privy to some of the investigative findings of Arpaio and the Cold Case Posse, said on his “Freedom Friday” show last night that Obama comes from a “deep Sunni [Muslim] background.” During the 2008 campaign, Obama claimed he was a committed Christian, but his actions have belied his words as he continues to arm Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East.
Gallups also asserted that “we know” that blackmail was used by the regime as an attempt at intimidation, although he did not elucidate further.
In January 2010, Fitzpatrick wrote of the corruption in the Tennessee courts:
Judges and prosecutors trashed our grand juries in favor manufacturing a dark, secret machine few know about or know how to operate. The state designed and manufactured the machine to take direct action against people the state criminally accuses.
The machine and its operation are necessarily cloaked and hidden in order to keep the machine running smoothing without outside interference. Secrecy further gives cover to government criminals self-absorbed in protecting themselves and government criminal cohorts operating similar machines throughout Tennessee State and throughout America.
In The Post & Email’s first report on Tennessee judicial corruption entitled “The Face of Treason,” Fitzpatrick described the criminality of a long-serving grand jury foreman as “breathtaking and beyond people’s ability to believe.”
At the Bundy Ranch in April, BLM agents retreated after a large group of people arrived to defend the Bundys’ property and right to graze their cattle on the land in dispute. Of the entrenched judicial corruption in Tennessee, Fitzpatrick has said, “It’s going to take large numbers of people standing up.”
“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” — John Adams
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