Educating the Confused – Tennessee Jury Questionnaire

Sharon Rondeau from the Post and Email (P&E) and Walter Fitzpatrick have commented on the fact that jurors in Monroe County fill out “Juror Questionnaires” which include such details as, name, address, occupation, name of spouse, occupation of spouse etc.

Based on the information which Monroe County apparently collects on each potential juror, it seems that it could have been easily determined whether or not the “Angela Davis” serving as foreman for one day in 2010 and who signed out an indictment against Fitzpatrick was the same as she who served in 2009.  The judge stated that there was no proof, but there could have been.

Source: P&E, Judge Amy Reedy Caught in the act of hand-picking jurors?, Sharon Rondeau, Dec 21, 2011

If so, the defendant’s attorney should have provided such proof. Failing that, the Judge was correct. Furthermore, Angela Davis can serve as a foreman in 2010 and serve in 2009, as the foreperson of the Grand Jury is not summoned but rather appointed by the Judge. But that was irrelevant to the issue.

Walt  accused Martha Cook of “outlawry”:

Item: Martha Cook in her outlawry profiles the jury pools. Cook directs potential jurors to complete a poll survey calling for disclosure of personal information such as marital status, education level, profession, employment status, employer, spouses’ name and address, spouses’ employment status and employer, and number of children.

Item: Martha Cook’s collection of personal information from members of the jury pool beyond what is statutorily mandated is outlawed. Martha Cook’s construction and maintenance of a database containing off-limits personal information collected from jury pool members is outlawed.

So why would Martha Cook provide the prospective jurors with a juror questionnaire? Well, she is following the rules:

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Grand Jury and Walter Fitzpatrick

Walter Fitzpatrick attended a court meeting on December 7, 2011, where he claims he observed the Judge manually selecting the jurors. The Grand Juries impaneled were for the Jan-Dec 2012 time period. Walt believed that he was witnessing fraud by the court and removed some documents from the court room. However, I believe that Walt may have been wrong about the process he observed, which, as I will show, appears to match the processes outlined in the Tennessee Code and the Rules of the Court.

You have just been impaneled to serve on the Grand Jury for the Criminal Court of Monroe County.  Your term of service will be for the months of January thru December 2012.

Source: Chief Court Clerk Martha Cook’s letter to Grand Jurors

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