“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing!”
Fellow defenders of Liberty…
My apologies to Reverend Martin Niemoller as I plagiarize his admonition regarding the Holocaust:
“First they came for the sheriffs, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a sheriff. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Here’s a quick synopsis of the story. A man was about to be charged for having a concealed weapon without a permit. Sheriff Nick Finch of Liberty County, Florida (no, that’s not a joke) decided to release the man because he had no prior convictions.
Sheriff Finch was elected to office based on his promise to defend our right to keep and bear arms. The man was released – and Sheriff Finch was arrested by agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement under instructions from Florida Governor, Rick Scott.
You can read more about it here:
Saturday, 08 June 2013 21:30
Exclusive Interview With Liberty Co. Sheriff Nick Finch: “I Will Never Back Down!”Written by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
On June 4, agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) arrested Nick Finch, sheriff of Liberty County, Florida. About 11 p.m. the previous Friday night, May 31, four agents of the FDLE served a search warrant on employees of the Liberty County, Florida jail, seized arrest and booking documents, and issued subpoenas to the employees.
After Sheriff Finch was released, Governor Rick Scott suspended Sheriff Finch and replaced him with an agent of the FDLE, the very agency that is investigating the case against the sheriff.
According to the affidavit for arrest, Sheriff Finch is charged with one count of official misconduct as set forth in Florida State Statutes, Title 46, Chapter 838.022. That section defines the crime of official misconduct — a third degree felony — as follows:
(1) It is unlawful for a public servant, with corrupt intent to obtain a benefit for any person or to cause harm to another, to:
(a) Falsify, or cause another person to falsify, any official record or official document;
(b) Conceal, cover up, destroy, mutilate, or alter any official record or official document or cause another person to perform such an act; or
(c) Obstruct, delay, or prevent the communication of information relating to the commission of a felony that directly involves or affects the public agency or public entity served by the public servant.
This reporter is also a constitutional attorney and recognizes not only the inadequacy of the arresting affidavit, but also that the key phrase in the crime of official misconduct is “with corrupt intent.”
It should be noted at this point, that the man arrested by the deputy — Floyd Eugene Parrish — was never booked. He was merely being detained in a holding cell while the booking documents were being worked up by the jail administrative staff.
A sheriff — any sheriff — may choose not to formally charge a detainee. then, any documents related to that case may be destroyed as they are no longer legally required to be filed.
Nothing Sheriff Finch did in this case is corrupt, illegal, unethical, or unheard of.
Every single act falls well within the normal course of business for a county sheriff and a county jail.
Back to the charges. In the law, the “corrupt intent” element is known as the mens rea, or requisite mental state of the crime.
Basically, if a person commits an act, but does so without the requisite mental state, a crime is not committed.
Apparently, then, Governor Scott believes that Sheriff Finch had some sort of corrupt intent when he refused to book Floyd Eugene Parrish of carrying a concealed weapon.
Ironically, after conducting an exclusive interview with Sheriff Finch, it seems that the political machines in Liberty County and Tallahassee were the only parties whose intent was corrupt.
Corruption is not unknown in Liberty County, one of the smallest and poorest in the Sunshine State. Take, for example, this quote from an unidentified citizen when asked about possible motives behind the unconscionable treatment of Sheriff Finch.
“Since he’s considered what people consider an outsider and not from Liberty County, that they finally railroaded him out. In my personal opinion he was doing his job and people didn’t like it,” said Samuel Coover, as quoted in a story by WCTV.com.
Coover’s version of the events is corroborated by Sheriff Nick Finch in his interview. In the wide-ranging discussion of his arrest and his beliefs, Sheriff Finch showed himself to be a dedicated, humble, resilient public servant who is determined not to back down from his bold support for the Second Amendment and the God-given rights guaranteed by it.
The New American: Sheriff, thanks so much for talking to me. How are you and your family holding up?
Sheriff Nick Finch: We’re doing fine. We’re doing as well as we can under the circumstances.
TNA: Tell us a little bit about how you became sheriff of Liberty County.
Sheriff: After serving 20 years in the military — I enlisted when I was 19 — I moved to Liberty County to be close to my wife’s family. In 2008, I ran for sheriff the first time as a Republican. I came in third, but got over 500 votes. After working for a while as an investigator in the Florida Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s office, I contacted the man who was the sheriff of Liberty County and asked if there was anything I could do for him. I worked for two years as a room deputy and I could not believe the sorts of things that went on there. I would shake my head everyday at what I saw. The sheriff’s office was rife with corruption. So, I decided to run again in 2012, but this time without party affiliation. I believe both parties have lost their way. This was unheard of. To everybody’s surprise but my own, I won the election by a narrow margin and was sworn in. This wasn’t the first time I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and ever since that day I first took the oath when I joined the military at 19, I have never violated that oath and I never will.
TNA: What was the reaction to your unprecedented election?
Sheriff: Well, the local politicians didn’t like it because I was beholden to nobody. I accepted one $500 donation to my campaign and that was from a family member. I financed the rest entirely out of my own pocket. I don’t owe anybody or any party anything and local politicians don’t like that. My only obligation is to the Constitution and I will continue to act according to my oath and that duty.
TNA: Do you think your non-partisan and self-made status is behind your arrest and suspension?
Sherrif: I imagine so. Local politicians wanted me gone because they can’t control me. I don’t know who Governor Scott’s advisors are, but they are not advising him very well. This is a political witch hunt.
TNA: Did you vote for Governor Scott?
Sheriff: No, I didn’t. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, I’m just a man who believes in the Constitution and believes that it is the highest law in the land.
TNA: What about the allegations made against you in the arresting affidavit?
Sheriff:There is no truth to it. I can’t say much about the specific events until the criminal case against me is over.
TNA: What can you tell me about the man, Floyd Eugene Parrish, that you released from the holding cell?
Sheriff: I didn’t know him before I saw him in the jail that day. I know a member of his family, but not well. When I ordered him released from the holding cell I say that he has a right to carry a gun under the Second Amendment, and so I let him go.
TNA: What prompted you to take that step?
Sheriff: My beliefs and my stand on the Second Amendment.
TNA: Going forward, is there a time you might give up this case?
Sheriff: Never! I will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court.
TNA: Are you surprised by the outpouring of support from around the country?
Sheriff: Yes, I am. I am so humbled and grateful for everybody’s support. As I talk to people around Liberty County, it seems that everybody is up in arms.
TNA: Given what has happened, being arrested and suspended without pay, would you go back and let Parrish be booked into jail?
Sheriff: Absolutely not. I did nothing wrong. I violated no state law and I upheld the Constitution. What I did was based on the Constitution and my commitment to the Second Amendment and I would do it all again.
As the foregoing interview demonstrates, Sheriff Richard Mack, founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, was right when he described Sheriff Finch as a man who is “the real deal who has done nothing wrong.”
A rally in support of Sheriff Nick Finch and the right to keep and bear arms he is suffering to support will be held on June 14 at 11:00 a.m. at 400 S. Monroe St. in Tallahassee, Florida.
Sheriff Finch revealed to me for the first time that he will indeed speak at the rally and he will let people know why he believes so firmly in the right to keep and bear arms and why he took the stand he took in defense of that right.
Readers are encouraged to check the Facebook page dedicated to Sheriff Finch for updates and to express their support for a duly elected constitutional sheriff who is being persecuted and prosecuted for his actions in defense of the Constitution.
Photo: Sheriff Nick Finch
Joe A. Wolverton, II, J.D. is a correspondent for The New American and travels frequently nationwide speaking on topics of nullification, the NDAA, and the surveillance state. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many times people ask me what can they do to help the cause?
Well here’s a couple things that you can do:
At the first two Constitutional Sheriffs conventions sponsored by Richard Mack and CSPOA.org (Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association), several sheriffs who respect their oath to defend the Constitution spoke about how they took unpopular stands against the federal and state governments – and won!
Sheriff Finch has said that he never expected to be in trouble for doing what he promised to do during his campaign.
WE MUST TAKE A STAND AND SUPPORT THIS COUNTY SHERIFF!
If you live in the area and can make either one of these Rallies, it would be very helpful!
There are plans in the works to have TWO separate rallies in support of Sheriff Finch.
- The first one is scheduled for Friday, June 14th, at 11:00am (Eastern) in front of the Florida state capitol in Tallahassee.
- Another rally will be organized a few weeks in the future if it is necessary, however there is hope that the public outcry will be so strong, that the case against Sheriff Finch will be dropped before it gets started.
This is something we ALL can do:
YOU ARE ALSO INVITED TO JOIN A CONFERENCE CALL
This call will happen tonight:
Thursday, June 13th, at 9:00pm Eastern (6:00pm Pacific) to find out how you can support the cause. Sheriff Finch will be on the call, as well as Adrian Wyllie who is organizing Friday’s rally.
It is possible that Sheriff Finch’s defense fund will be active by Thursday night so you can contribute.
I suspect that we will provide the address, phone and fax numbers of Governor Scott so that thousands of people across the country can express their displeasure with his tyrannical reaction.
Details are still coming in, and everything that can be shared will be on Thursday night’s call.
Please call in a few minutes early so we can start on time, and absolutely, positively share this information with all of your eMail acquaintances.
If you have friends in Florida, please call them on the telephone and urge themto attend the rally on Friday in Tallahassee.
Conference dial-in number: (559) 726-1300
Participant access code: 682797#
There is strength in numbers and we need your conspicuous support.
Remember Edmund Burke’s warning that “The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”
Thank you in advance for your enthusiastic support!
Please just make a difference!!!