Tim Brown’s Washington Standard update here

The United States Supreme Court has twice condemned the method of selection for county grand jury foreman, the method used both in Tennessee and Ohio.

TIM BROWN – Washington Standard: Was Millie Weaver’s Grand Jury Indictment Lawful?


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McMinn County Tennessee Grand Jury Notice for February 2017- CLICK HERE…


Quoted in full from a March 2015 local Cleveland, Tennessee news report:

Larry Wallace named police consultant

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
The Cleveland Police Department will be getting a thorough review by a police consultant, the city manager and a city councilman.

The Cleveland City Council unanimously approved having the city manager hire Larry Wallace as a police consultant during a voting session Monday. Councilmen Bill Estes and Richard Banks were absent.

“He (Wallace) has helped cities before and I think he will do a good job for us,” said City Manager Janice Casteel.

Wallace served as a consultant for Chattanooga in a police chief search.

This will not be his role for Cleveland. Instead, he will be offering a review of “policies, procedures and practices.”

Casteel, along with Wallace and City Councilman Dale Hughes, will be reviewing all three to see if they agree or need to be changed. The review will also look into whether current policies are being followed.

Hughes volunteered to serve on the committee after Casteel asked for a Council member to volunteer. Hughes said he is glad to work with someone with the professional experience and good reputation Wallace has, and added he feels the committee is taking a step in the right direction.

“The purpose of this volunteer would be to review any policy changes, so that they can assist us in that review before we bring it to the Council … the full Council would approve any changes,” Casteel said.

Casteel did not give a timeline on when the review would be complete. She said she wanted the process to take as long as it needed for a full review.

Casteel said she chose Wallace because of his experience in law enforcement. Wallace served for 40 years in law enforcement, including the Athens Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol. He has served as the sheriff of McMinn County and the deputy director of the Tennessee Department of Safety. He is the assistant to the president for special projects for Tennessee Wesleyan College. Wallace will leave the position at the end of the month to serve as the Cleveland police consultant.

“He comes very well qualified,” Casteel said.

“Absolutely,” Hughes said.

A contract will be presented to the Council at a later date

“He actually would not be an employee, but would be contracted,” Casteel said.

Hughes asked how much the consultant would cost.

“He would be in the $76,000 range as an annual salary, so depending on how many months he serves (would be how much he makes),” Casteel said. “There is no timeline. He won’t know until he gets in there and he starts working with the policies, the procedures and the practices (how long it will take).”

Interim Police Chief Mark Gibson will continue to serve in that role throughout the policy review process. A new chief would not be selected until this process is complete.

“I would like to go through this process first, figure out exactly what do we need to change,” Casteel said.

“So you don’t want to post this job right now?” Councilman Avery Johnson asked.

“No, sir, I don’t,” Casteel replied.

Hughes said when the time does come to look for a new chief, the candidate needs to be thoroughly researched, so there are no surprises later.

“It is truly embarrassing to have three chiefs in four days,” Hughes said. “There needs to be something to fix it.”

Dennis Maddux served as chief for one day before being demoted back to captain. Casteel served administratively as chief until a requirement for Peace Officer Standards and Training was brought to her attention. Gibson was then appointed interim chief.

This is not the first time a policy review has been announced.

A previous drug policy review requested by the Cleveland City Council was completed. However, the proposed changes to the citywide policy were never approved. Amendments to the Cleveland Police Department drug policy were approved by the Council to allow for consideration of mitigating factors, such as years of service in the department, as to whether an officer who violated the policy was laid off.

Also during the meeting former Police Chief David Bishop’s service weapon was declared surplus to be given to him in recognition of his years of service. Bishop served as police chief for a little less than a year, before leaving due to medical reasons. Gibson was acting police chief until Maddux was appointed chief. Although Gibson was acting chief in the final months of 2014, Bishop’s medical retirement became official Feb. 28. Maddux then officially became the new chief.

Vice Mayor George Poe acted as chairman during the meeting due to the mayor’s absence. Mayor Tom Rowland is recovering from knee surgery.


“Larry D. Wallace serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank and the Company. He previously served as the Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 12 years from 1992 through 2003. Upon his retirement as Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Wallace returned home to Athens, Tennessee, where he served as Vice President of Administration and then as Assistant to the President for Special Projects of Tennessee Wesleyan College until his retirement as of March 31, 2015. He currently serves as an independent consultant to the City of Cleveland, Tennessee. Age 70. Director since 2006. Mr. Wallace s involvement with Tennessee Wesleyan College has allowed him to develop strong ties to the community, providing the Board with valuable insight regarding the local business and consumer environment. In addition, he is also a strong advocate of the Company and the Bank through his extensive civic and community involvement.”

Source: Athens Bancshares Corporation on 04/17/2015

Athens Bancshares Corporation is the holding company for Athens Federal Community Bank. Jeffrey Lane Cunningham preceded Mr. Wallace in the position of McMinn County Grand Jury Foreman, stepping down in March 2014 having been the “JUDGE APPOINTED” Grand Jury Foreman since 2011. Cunningham was then and is today President and CEO of the Athens Federal Community Bank. Athens Bancshares Corporation and Athens Federal Community Bank are headquartered in the same building in Athens, Tennessee.



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Blockbuster Exclusive: State of Tennessee: Grand Jury Foremen Are Not Jurors!

Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 10:04 AM


by Sharon Rondeau

The office of the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter claims that the grand jury foreman is a state employee, not a juror empaneled by state statutes

(Nov. 26, 2013) — The Post & Email can exclusively report that the Tennessee state attorney general’s office has stated on the record that the “foreperson” of all grand juries in Tennessee is IS NOT A JUROR as Tennessee state statutes require.

In December of last year, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III was convicted in the Monroe County, TN Criminal Court of “tampering with government records,” with Judge Walter C. Kurtz presiding.

Defense Attorney Van Irion submitted an appeal in the case of State of Tennessee v. Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, IIIprotesting CDR Fitzpatrick’s innocence. One of Irion’s points was that the grand jury foreman had over-served her legal term of one year.  Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) states that following their service on any jury in the state, jurors cannot be resummoned for a minimum of 24 months.

This past September, in his official capacity as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Justice Division, Kyle Hixson responded to the Fitzpatrick appeal, writing a brief on the state’s behalf of which The Post & Email first came into possession last Thursday afternoon.

At the bottom of page 13 of his brief, Assistant Attorney General Hixson wrote:

“…the foreman of the grand jury is not ‘impaneled’ from the ‘summoned’ members of the ‘jury pool.’ See Tenn Code Ann. §§ 22-2-306, -307, and -310. The foreperson is ‘appoint[ed]’ by the trial court. Tenn. R. Crim. P. 6(g)(1). As such, section 314, by its terms, does not apply to the appointment process of the grand jury foreperson.”

The state’s entire argument can be read here: HIXSON BRIEF

Section 314 reads as follows:

“22-2-314.  Limitation on jury service.

“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 twenty-four (24) months following the last day of such service; however, the county legislative body of any county, may, by majority vote, extend the twenty-four-month period.”

Hixson clearly reports that grand jury forepersons do not come from the “jury pool,” are never “summoned” to jury duty, are never “impaneled” as a jurors, and never subject to state laws which deal with jurors and jury duty.  Simply stated, Hixson affirms on behalf of the State of Tennessee that grand jury forepersons are never jurors.

However, Tennessee state law commands exactly the opposite: Tennessee statutes say that grand jury forepersons must always be jurors.

Tennessee state law, as tailored and refined by the Rules for Criminal Procedure, require that thirteen (13) jurors (or members) populate all state grand juries.

Hixson has now said, in clear terms in a statement against the state’s self-interest, that criminal court judges add a non-juror to the grand jury by their selection of the foreman. The 12 jurors plus one non-juror combination consequently leaves Tennessee grand juries one short of the lawfully-mandated requirement of thirteen (13) jurors. This has been and remains the case for decades.

Tennessee state law requires that all state residents, in the process of becoming jurors, must initially be randomly selected into the jury pool. From that pool, a smaller number of individuals are randomly selected to be issued summonses to report to the courtroom on a particular day, at which time jurors for the grand jury and trial juries are selected in but a third process of random selection.

In each of these three random selection rounds, the process used must be one that does not allow for the possibility of “human intervention.”

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference describes the grand jury as:

…a group of thirteen citizens chosen from the jury panel. One of these thirteen is the fore person and will preside over the grand jury.

Assistant Attorney General Hixson now reports that criminal court judges have always been permitted to install a handpicked non-juror foreman, that is, to “appoint” the foreman from, as Monroe County Court Clerk Martha M. “Marty” Cook has said,from wherever they choose because the state laws that apply to jurors do not apply to non-jurors.

As readers of The Post & Email are already aware, Fitzpatrick’s challenges to the scope and operation of Tennessee grand juries arose upon his discovery in 2010 that the Monroe County Tennessee de facto grand jury foreman, Gary Pettway, had held that position since 1982, a period of twenty-eight (28) consecutive years.  Moreover, there was no appointing order or evidence that Pettway had ever been duly sworn in.

Fitzpatrick placed Pettway under citizen’s arrest in April 2010. State law enforcement officials ignored Fitzpatrick’s complaint and arrested Fitzpatrick instead. The Monroe County grand jury then indicted Fitzpatrick for attempting to intimidate a juror, Gary Pettway.

Fitzpatrick has demonstrated that the grand juries and trial juries in Tennessee are unduly influenced by prosecutors, grand jury foremen, and court personnel and contaminated by jurors serving consecutive terms in violation of state law (TCA 22-2-314).  In one case in Davidson County, a grand jury foreman chosen by a judge was discovered to be a convicted felon, which violates Tennessee statute and required the review of approximately 800 cases over which the illegally-serving foreman had presided.

Grand jury foremen in Monroe County are reportedly “picked from wherever” the judge “chooses” by means of an unknown vetting process.  Throughout Tennessee, grand jury foremen have served for decades or multiple times with occasional breaks in service.

Tennessee Code Annotated provides no special selection process for the grand jury foreman.

Grand jury tampering and judicial misconduct have been reported to The Post & Email in Campbell County, Roane County, Sevier County, and Madison County.  Crimes against District Attorney General R. Steven Bebb of the Tenth Judicial District have been alleged but dismissed by Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr., although members of the Tennessee General Assembly are working to remove Bebb from his post.

Now, for the first time ever, Kyle Hixson explains that (1) Gary Pettway was never a juror, resulting in (2) the law limiting jury service does not apply to grand jury forepersons such as Pettway, and (3) judicially “appointed” Tennessee residents are allowed to serve in a career position as a county employee called the  “grand jury foreman.”

Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 40-12-206 is the only state statute which details the composition of every Tennessee state grand jury. The law commands that all grand juries be populated with thirteen (13) jurors (members) and up to five (5) alternates. The law does not provide for the judicial appointment of a “foreman” into a Tennessee grand jury.

The same law makes no distinction among the jurors (members). There is no distinction or separate-identity, non-juror “foreman.”

The process by which all jurors are to be selected is described as (1) Randomly populate the “jury pool,” (2) Randomly select potential jurors from the “jury pool,” (3) “Summon” the potential jurors to court for random selection into the grand and trial (petit) jurors for identified term dates, and (4) “Impanel” the grand juries and trial jurors.

Hixson, representing the state of Tennessee, publicly declared in his September 2013 appeals brief that, in Tennessee, grand jury foremen are not jurors.

Restating the state’s now first-time ever publicly pronounced policy position more clearly:

  • The grand jury foreman is not a juror.

  • A criminal court trial judge individually and personally selects, then specifically delegates (appoints, employs) grand jury foremen in Tennessee state.

  • The grand jury foreman does not come from a randomly-selected jury pool.

  • The grand jury foreman is not summoned to a courtroom to participate in the process of jury impaneling.

  • Tennessee state statutes that apply to jurors and jury duty do not apply to the grand jury foreman who is, rather, a paid Tennessee state employee.

  • Judicial appointment of a grand jury foreman who is a “non-juror, as Hixson described the office and process, is illegal under the Tennessee statutes.

The Post & Email asks if the State of Tennessee is committing the same crime as that which the U.S. Navy continues to perpetrate after more than 23 years in which an honest person is sacrificed and condemned for the sake of preserving a criminal enterprise in which a judge’s personal appointee masquerades as a member of the grand jury, unduly influencing that body and often casting the decisive vote to indict.


Editor’s Note:  More articles on Tennessee grand jury foremen and the law will be forthcoming in the near future.

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by Sharon Rondeau

A Robert Hefner click on  illustration. Post & Email Managing Editor Sharon Rondeau may be contacted at: 203.987. 7948 or Email: editor@thepostemail.com for interviews

It has recently been discovered that there is no appointing order for a man who allegedly served as foreman of the Monroe County grand jury for at least 20 years, nor any evidence that he was ever sworn in as required by the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure.  No identification for Gary Pettway can be produced by the Monroe County clerk’s office. The alleged current grand jury foreman’s first name is misspelled, perhaps purposely.  Court personnel are aware of it, and similar “errors” have occurred multiple times in the Tenth Judicial District of Tennessee.



08 December 2006 Amy Reedy Appointing Order “Joe” the Foreman  (1) (CLICK HERE)

18 December 2008 Amy Reedy Appointing Order “Joe” the Foreman  (2) (CLICK HERE)

14 December 2010 Amy Reedy Appointing Order “Joe” the Foreman  (3) (CLICK HERE)


03 January 2011 Amy Armstrong Reedy Appointing Order “Fay” the Foreman (CLICK HERE)


Amy Reedy’s 3 June 2010 Appointing Order for ANGELA DAVIS (CLICK HERE)

A Robert Hefner illustration. Post & Email Managing Editor Sharon Rondeau may be contacted at: 203.987. 7948 or editor@thepostemail.com for interviews.

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Click on pix: Gary Pettway (left) under Citizen’s Arrest – The first Thursday of April 2010!

A chief clerk in Monroe County, TN has admitted, and The Post & Email can now confirm, that there has been no duly-appointed grand jury foreman in Monroe County, TN for at least the last 27 years.


16 September 2011 Martha Cook Response to Public Records Request (LINK)

Click on image for Post & Email Managing Editor Sharon Rondeau’s full report

“Instead of removing the person from office and fixing all the problems that are attendant with that, the government blocks anybody from pursuing the issue any farther to the point where they have uniformed thugs threatening you to instill fear about locking you up.  So what we’re seeing here on the local level is identical to what we’re seeing on the national level.”