|Published: 8:13 AM, 10/25/2010
||Last updated: 8:13 AM, 10/25/2010
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
A man who is so bound and
determined to take President Obama to court that he once made his way into a closed grand jury
session failed to appear in Monroe County Criminal Court Friday morning.
Walt Fitzpatrick of Sweetwater was scheduled to appear before Judge Jon
Blackwood after his attorney gave notice he was withdrawing from his representation of
Steve Pidgeon of Washington has sent notice he
wanted to withdraw from the case, but Judge Blackwood did not remove him as Tennessee law states a
motion must be made for withdrawal, then granted by the judge.
Blackwood did grant a motion by attorney Randy Rogers to be removed from the case. Rogers, a
Tennessee lawyer, had been working with Pidgeon as the law says an out of state attorney must have
a local one to work with.
Circuit Court Clerk Marty Cook said
Fitzpatrick was sent notice that he was supposed to be in court Friday, but he did not show by the
10 a.m. start time. Blackwood issued a capias for Fitzpatrick's arrest and ordered him to be held
on no bond when he is picked up.
This means if and when
Fitzpatrick is picked up, he will not be released from jail until after his trial, which is set to
start Dec. 1.
Fitzpatrick was arrested in April after he
interrupted a closed door grand jury hearing in an attempt to make a citizens arrest of jury
foreman Gary Pettway. Fitzpatrick felt Pettway and the jury was illegally blocking his attempts to
indict President Obama.
Fitzpatrick has said he believes Obama
is not an American citizen and is serving illegally as president.
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