KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Georgia militia supporter goes on trial Tuesday charged in a bizarre plan to take over a rural Tennessee courthouse and serve a “citizens’ arrest warrant” on local judges and law officers.
Records show Darren Wesley Huff, 41, of Dallas, Ga., traveled in April 2010 to the Monroe County Courthouse between Chattanooga and Knoxville with a handgun, an AK-47 and ammunition after telling FBI agents he was planning to join in making citizens’ arrests.
The takeover threat was in support of a Monroe County activist who in a written warrant had declared the local officials and others, including President Barack Obama, to be “domestic enemies.” The citizens’ arrest warrant identified the officials as “domestic enemies” and described the president as an “illegal alien, infiltrator and impostor.” …
Huff has identified himself as being involved with the Georgia militia and the anti-government OathKeepers group but in pre-trial filings asked that the court prevent prosecutors from making any reference to those groups kicking him out after he was charged.
A punk assistant editor of the conservative American Spectator [OFGS: link now on the lam--read Google cache], Patrick Howley, pretended to be a “leftist” in a less than smart anti-war protest in D.C. (A museum, really?) Our hero forced his way past museum security and was the only one inside the museum, he confessed. He was
A piece of his report of the wingnut fun and games:
After sneaking past the guard at the first entrance, I found myself trapped in a small entranceway outside the second interior door behind a muscle-bound left-wing fanatic and a 300-pound guard. The fanatic shoved the guard and the guard shoved back, hard, sending this comrade — and, by domino effect, me — sprawling against the wall. After squeezing myself out from under him, I sprinted toward the door. Then I got hit. …
But as far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator — and I wasn’t giving up before I had my story. Under a cloud of pepper spray I forced myself into the doors and sprinted blindly across the floor of the Air and Space Museum, drawing the attention of hundreds of stunned khaki-clad tourists (some of whom began snapping off disposable-camera portraits of me). I strained to glance behind me at the dozens of protesters I was sure were backing me up, and then I got hit again, this time with a cold realization: I was the only one who had made it through the doors. As two guards pointed at me and started running, I dodged a circle of gawking old housewives and bolted upstairs. …
So I was surprised to find myself a fugitive Saturday afternoon, stumbling around aircraft displays with just enough vision to keep tabs on my uniformed pursuers. “The museum is now closed!” screamed one of the guards as alarms sounded. “Everyone make your way to the exits immediately!” Using my jacket to cover my face — which I could feel swelling to Elephant Man proportions — I ducked through the confused tourists and raced out the exit. “Hey, you!” shouted a female guard reaching for my arm. “Get back here!” But I was already down the steps and out of sight.
Minutes earlier, I had been among those blocking major D.C. roads chanting “We’re unstoppable” — and from beneath my unshaven left-wing altar ego, I worried that we might actually be. But just as the lefties couldn’t figure out how to run their assembly meeting (many process points, I’m afraid to report, were left un-twinkled), so too do they lack the nerve to confront authority. From estimates within the protest, only ten people were pepper-sprayed, and as far as I could tell I was the only one who got inside the museum.
Last night, in between approving city expenditures and other routine agenda items, the Topeka, Kansas City Council debated one rather controversial one: decriminalizing domestic violence.
Here’s what happened: Last month, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office, facing a 10% budget cut, announced that the county would no longer be prosecuting misdemeanors, including domestic violence cases, at the county level. Finding those cases suddenly dumped on the city and lacking resources of their own, the Topeka City Council is now considering repealing the part of the city code that bans domestic battery. …
Since the county stopped prosecuting the crimes on September 8th, it has turned back 30 domestic violence cases. Sixteen people have been arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and then released from the county jail after charges weren’t filed. “Letting abusive partners out of jail with no consequences puts victims in incredibly dangerous positions,” said Becky Dickinson of the YWCA. “The abuser will often become more violent in an attempt to regain control.”
Bloomberg has a long, very detailed report this morning on the Koch brothers’ ugly business practices, here and around the world. No wonder they want deregulation so badly. These people are monsters. Read every word.
The ‘Koch Method’
Internal company documents show that the company made those sales through foreign subsidiaries, thwarting a U.S. trade ban. Koch Industries units have also rigged prices with competitors, lied to regulators and repeatedly run afoul of environmental regulations, resulting in five criminal convictions since 1999 in the U.S. and Canada.
From 1999 through 2003, Koch Industries was assessed more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments. In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil it didn’t pay for from federal land by mismeasuring the amount of crude it was extracting. Koch paid a $25 million settlement to the U.S.
Phil Dubose, a Koch employee who testified against the company said he and his colleagues were shown by their managers how to steal and cheat — using techniques they called the Koch Method.
The Advocate and Democrat refers to a fuller article in yesterday’s paper, but it doesn’t seem to be online at this time:
MADISONVILLE-A Sweetwater man who has tried to do everything in the Monroe County court system from indicting the president to having the entire system declared illegal, was sentenced to six months in jail Friday.
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 in June. In that same trial there was a hung jury on an assault count and Judge Don Harris declared a mistrial and set a new trial date of Sept. 23.
Friday morning, Fitzpatrick was sentenced to six months on the resisting arrest conviction and could have walked away with probation, but Fitzpatrick instead declared Monroe County had no jurisdiction over him and walked out.
I don’t know what to make of this. Possibly as a joke, the Post & Email has been carrying an ad promoting Darren Huff for Sheriff of Monroe County TN. I don’t see a campaign web site anywhere. But here is the P&E ad:
The militia tossed him after Huff’s arrest at the Georgia-Tennessee border, a week after he announced to a bank manager in his town that he and several armed militia groups would “take over the city” of Madisonville TN on April 20, 2010. Prior to his arrest, Huff also told a Lieutenant of the Tennessee 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, “if they had enough armed people, they were going to take over the Monroe County Courthouse.”
I will update with more credible sources than the Post & Email (scroll to bottom), as they emerge.
One preliminary report I have now is from Realist at The Fogbow:
Fitzpatrick received six months to serve, consecutive to the 11/29 sentence he received in Judge Blackwood’s court, which is currently on appeal. Judge Harris put him in custody today, but set him an $8,000.00 appeal bond, so if he makes that, he will get out until his appeal is heard in the case for which he got the six months. However, once those appeals are denied, he will have to serve all of that time, one sentence after the other.
It’s a bit confusing, but I think it went this way: Fitzpatrick was first convicted and sentenced to one year for disrupting a grand jury meeting, of which time he eventually served 60 days. While out on bail for that, he did not show up for a hearing, breaking bail terms. He was charged with resisting arrest and assault on a police officer. The jury hung on the second charge. On the first, he was sentenced to six months to run consecutively with the initial sentence.
Offender Name: WALTER FRANCIS FITZPATRICK
Offender ID: 84215
Date of Birth: 01/27/1952
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office