January 8, 2011
No laws were broken, there is no victim, there are no witnesses and there isn’t even any complainant… in short, there is no crime - yet two citizens have spent much of the last year being arrested, brutalized by law enforcement, by prison inmates and by the press, run through a corrupt criminal justice system operating on pure political vengeance and jailed. For them, the story isn’t over yet…
The tale of these two men can be summed up with a number of valid punch lines – political prisoners – soft tyranny and undeclared martial law come to mind. If you think it can’t happen here in the USA, or that it can’t happen to you – then you don’t know the story of Walter Fitzpatrick III and Darren Huff.
Fitzpatrick is a retired career Navy Lt. Commander who correctly believes that Barack Hussein Obama is the wrong man for the job of Commander-in-Chief. His opinion of Obama is shared by millions of Americans, though few are ready to charge Obama with acts of treason, as Fitzpatrick did in his small East Tennessee town almost two years ago now.
That effort resulted in uncovering years of crime and corruption within the Monroe County justice system, which became the new focus of Fitzpatrick’s ill-fated initiative to return at least his small town to ethical government, as least within the broken justice system.
Huff is a Georgia preacher who traveled to Tennessee in support of Fitzpatrick after learning of Fitzpatrick’s case on the Internet. As Fitzpatrick attempted to affect a legal citizen’s arrest on Gary Pettway, a career jury foreman in Monroe County, (note the legal problem with that term, career juror), a few supporters were in attendance, armed with nothing but video cameras to chronicle the event.
Fitzpatrick and Huff were both charged with crimes for attempting a citizen’s arrest of corrupt officials. Since then, both Fitzpatrick and Huff have been dragged through a corrupt criminal justice system and both remain under political persecution today.
Yet, when finally standing before a Monroe County Judge, charges for everything except “interrupting a meeting” were dropped, as no evidence against the men exists. They intended to interrupt the meeting that day, as that meeting was illegally convened. The only weapon present was a video camera.
There was no crime – there was no riot or attempt to incite riot – there were no victims – there is no evidence against these men – there was no threat of violence. Yet these two men remain stuck in a corrupt criminal justice nightmare and the real criminals continue to operate in Monroe County, unchallenged.
Fitzpatrick just finished serving his 60 day sentence for interrupting a meeting, in which he was trying to affect a citizen’s arrest of officials in that meeting. Huff appeared in Federal Court on January 4th, where the judge refused prosecutors’ request to revoke Huff’s bond and warned prosecutors not to waste the court’s time on frivolous pursuits.
Huff will go to trial in federal court on April 12th, facing charges that are based upon events that never actually happened in Monroe County and laws which do not apply. Huff did not storm the Monroe County courthouse with an AK-47. He was pulled over entering Monroe County, due to his Oath Keepers decal, and when asked by state police, made police aware that he did have an AK-47 in the tool box of his pickup - The proper and legal method of transporting a privately-owned rifle.
Charges against Huff are falsely based upon the Commerce Clause. However, Huff was not transporting weapons for sale or trade. He was transporting his personal weapon. Police let him go, with the AK-47 stored properly in the locked tool box of his truck. When Huff arrived at the court house, he was armed with only a video camera.
The small group interrupted a meeting, as they attempted to affect a citizen’s arrest of officials in that meeting. Tennessee has strong citizen arrest laws and Fitzpatrick was playing by the book.
The ongoing political persecution of both Fitzpatrick and Huff continues largely due to intentional misreporting by local news agencies. If you think it can’t happen to you, think again.
These men were convicted by the local press long before they ever entered a court house. To hear local reporters tell it, these two men make Charlie Manson look like the Pope, and Monroe County look like Ruby Ridge. Nothing could be further from the truth. Monroe County is more like Deliverance…but not due to Fitzpatrick or Huff.
According to reports from local legal defense offices, nearly 70% of the local community lives under direct court supervision and threat of terror, charged with a litany of minor offenses and local law enforcement is personally profiting from moonshine and meth lab operations, among other illegal activities.
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But it is Fitzpatrick and Huff who remain entangled in the Tennessee criminal justice system, all as a direct result of pushing political interests that are highly unpopular with the current administration and its so-called Department of Justice.
It’s called soft tyranny, and political persecution. It has happened to them and it can happen to you. But who’s watching and what will anyone do about it?