|Published: 10:34 AM, 12/05/2012
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The trial took most of the
day, but a jury only needed about 10 minutes to convict a man of
stealing a grand jury member list in Dec. 2011.
Walt Fitzpatrick was convicted of
tampering with government evidence, leading to a sentence of 11/29
suspended and 240 hours community service.
Fitzpatrick, 60, Mayes Street,
Sweetwater, was charged with tampering with government records after
he left the Courthouse with a copy of a listing of the grand jury
Jurors were being picked for the next
six months in Dec. 2011, a process that includes picking the grand
jury. The grand jury is a body that determines if there is enough
evidence in a case for it to move forward in Criminal Court, but does
not decide guilt or innocence. They are used mainly for felony-based
See full story in the Wednesday, Dec. 5, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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