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Fitzpatrick back in court

Published: 9:42 AM, 06/27/2011 Last updated: 9:42 AM, 06/27/2011
 

Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

MADISONVILLE-A Sweetwater man who claims to despise the court system can't seem to keep himself out of it.

Walt Fitzpatrick, who in a short time has developed a long history with Monroe County law enforcement, was found guilty of resisting arrest by a jury Thursday. The jury hung itself on an assault count and Judge Don Harris declared a mistrial and set a new trial date of Sept. 23.

Fitzpatrick is the former Naval officer who spent the first two years of Barack Obama's presidential term trying to get him charged with treason. During those two years he found his way to Sweetwater and then the Monroe County Courthouse where he attempted to indict the president through the grand jury, even though the president has never been to Monroe County.

Fitzpatrick eventually decided the grand jury was conspiring against him when it said it didn't feel it was the right place to try and indict the President of the United States.

Fitzpatrick eventually walked into a closed door grand jury meeting and was arrested. That case was brought to trial in December and Fitzpatrick was found guilty of interrupting a meeting and resisting arrest, for which he received a combined 11/29 suspended after 60 days. He was found not guilty on charges of retaliation for a past action and civil rights violation.

Before that, in October 2010, Fitzpatrick was again arrested when he failed to appear for a court date when his lawyer at the time was removing himself from the case.

Fitzpatrick, representing himself, argued that he hadn't recognized the sheriff's deputies when they showed up and feared he was being attacked. The jury ultimately didn't buy that line of reasoning.

Fitzpatrick is scheduled to be sentenced on the resisting arrest conviction the same day as his next trial.

michael.thomason@advocateanddemocrat.com | 442-4575


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