Pro-Gun Sheriff Found Not Guilty
Jury nullifies false arrest of Nick Finch who supported Second Amendment
October 31, 2013
Nick Finch, the Florida sheriff arrested in June after he defended the Second Amendment, has been declared “not guilty” of the charges brought against him by the State of Florida, according to Richard Mack.
The Liberty Co. sheriff was charged with felony “official misconduct” and “falsifying public records” after he removed the arrest file of a suspect held on an unconstitutional gun charge but later released on his orders.
After closing arguments by prosecutors and the defense, the jury took less than 90 minutes to reach its verdict.
Finch said today on the Alex Jones Show that the judge and the prosecutors were “not surprised” over his acquittal.
“They knew that they had no case,” he said.
Finch is expected to return to his duties as sheriff.
During the trial, the sheriff testified that he released Floyd Eugene Parrish, who was arrested for unlawfully carrying a firearm, because he believed the Second Amendment trumped all state gun laws.
As we reported back in June, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement accused Finch of covering up the arrest of Floyd Eugene Parrish after releasing him from the Liberty County Jail.
On March 8, Sgt. James Joseph Hoagland of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office arrested Parrish during a traffic stop after finding a .25 automatic pistol in Parrish’s right front pocket and a holstered revolver in his car, according to court records.
Parrish was then taken to the county jail.
After being notified of Parrish’s arrest, Finch took the arrest file and told jailers that Parrish would be released with no charges, according to investigators.
Finch also ordered both the pistol and revolver be returned.
Hoagland told the FDLE that he spoke to Finch about Parrish’s release and Finch told him he “believed in Second Amendment rights.”