Land of the free and home of the brave. Americans have now become our slaves. Do as I say, and not as I do, for your rights don't matter unless I give them to you. I took an OATH to gain office you see, your little "rights" don't matter to me. I now have money and power in hand, why should I care to take a stand? I am here now and I have won, I'll continue destroying what our fore fathers begun. Lorri Anderson 2013
While I am not surprised to find that another Governor has once again stood against his Oath of office to protect the Constitution of the United States and promote an "illegal" agenda. I like many others am getting tired of the "politicians" thinking they can get by with anything and everything they want. They are not being held accountable for their actions, so they continue to pursue illegal avenues to oppress the people of the United States. They have forgotten who it is that hold the REAL power, and that is WE THE PEOPLE.
Sheriff Nick Finch of the Liberty County Sheriff's Department located at 12499 Pogo Street Bristol, FL 32321 was arrested for refusing to violate his OATH. He refused to disobey the Supreme Law of the Land and Bill of Rights, and for that reason he was arrested. Governor Rick Scott has named an Interim Liberty County Sheriff, a man named Carl Causey to replace Sheriff Nick Finch.
June 4, 2013, 11p.m.
Liberty County, FL - Governor Rick Scott has named an Interim Liberty County Sheriff, a man named Carl Causey.
That announcement comes just after word of the arrest of current sheriff, 50 year old Nicholas Finch. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement booked Finch into the Liberty County Jail a little after 5 pm Tuesday.
Investigators say back in March, a Liberty County Sheriff's deputy made an arrest on a resident there for carrying a concealed firearm. FDLE believes shortly after the arrest, Finch released the suspect from jail, then altered or destroyed paperwork from the arrest.
Liberty County resident, Samuel Coover: "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."
The sheriff declined to comment, but his attorney Jimmy Judkins had this to say:
"The records at the jail show exactly what happened in this case and the records speak the truth. The sheriff looked at the facts and said 'I believe in the second amendment and we're not going to charge him.' That is not misconduct at all. That is within the Sheriff's prerogative whether to charge someone or not."
Finch is being charged with one count of official misconduct. He was released shortly after he was arrested on his own recognizance.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued this statement:
Press Release: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
For Immediate Release
June 4, 2013
Tallahassee - Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations obtained a warrant for the arrest of Nicholas Lee Finch, 50, of Bristol, Fla., earlier today on one count of official misconduct, a violation of section 838.022, Florida Statutes.
Investigators allege that Finch destroyed or removed official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail, making it appear as though an arrest never occurred. The investigation revealed that a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested a Liberty County resident on March 8, 2013 for carrying a concealed firearm, a third degree felony. Shortly after the suspect was booked into the Liberty County Jail, Finch allegedly released the suspect and altered or destroyed documents associated with his arrest.
Finch was arrested just after 5 p.m. today and was booked into the Liberty County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance. Finch was elected Liberty County Sheriff in 2012.
The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
Some say that Sheriff Finch had no right to destroy or remove official arrest documents from the Liberty County Jail. First let's point out that those facts are not known to be true. However, we do know that this person that was arrested for having a concealed weapon was arrested under "illegal laws." Therefore should have never been in the system in the first place. The second amendment does not say "with limitations" and new law provisions allowed. It says "shall not be infringed!" As for Sheriff Finch apparently he not only understands the true meaning of the Second Amendment, but also knows his oath as well. Thank you so much Sheriff Finch for standing for all of our freedoms, for our Constitution, for your OATH, and most importantly for our country.
I believe right now is the time for people to stand up, let your voices be heard from all over the nation. Now would be an appropriate time for the citizens of Florida to stand for their rights and issue a Recall Petition IF he refuses to stand by his oath. Recall information can be found here. Although Florida is not currently one of the states that allows for "recalls" it would still send a strong message. How to recall a Governor answered here. I have been unable to reach Governor Rick Scott for comment. Demand that Governor Rick Scott stand by his OATH. Demand Sheriff Finch is reinstated as well as a public apology given.
District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home and within federal enclaves. The decision did not address the question of whether the Second Amendment extends beyond federal enclaves to the states, which was addressed later by McDonald v. Chicago (2010). It was the first Supreme Court case in United States history to decide whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Heller v. District of Columbia. The Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 as unconstitutional, determined that handguns are "arms" for the purposes of the Second Amendment, found that the District of Columbia's regulations act was an unconstitutional banning, and struck down the portion of the regulations act that requires all firearms including rifles and shotguns be kept "unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock." "Prior to this decision the Firearms Control Regulation Act of 1975 also restricted residents from owning handguns except for those registered prior to 1975."
Supreme Court Case McDonald v. Chicago
McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), is a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that determined whether the Second Amendment applies to the individual states. The Court held that the right of an individual to "keep and bear arms" protected by the Second Amendment is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and applies to the states. The decision cleared up the uncertainty left in the wake of District of Columbia v. Heller as to the scope of gun rights in regard to the states.
Initially the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had upheld a Chicago ordinance banning the possession of handguns as well as other gun regulations affecting rifles and shotguns, citing United States v. Cruikshank, Presser v. Illinois, and Miller v. Texas. The petition for certiorari was filed by Alan Gura, the attorney who had successfully argued Heller, and Chicago-area attorney David G. Sigale. The Second Amendment Foundation and the Illinois State Rifle Association sponsored the litigation on behalf of several Chicago residents, including retiree Otis McDonald.
The oral arguments took place on March 2, 2010. On June 28, 2010, the Supreme Court, in a 5–4 decision, reversed the Seventh Circuit's decision, holding that the Second Amendment was incorporated under the Fourteenth Amendment thus protecting those rights from infringement by local governments. It then remanded the case back to Seventh Circuit to resolve conflicts between certain Chicago gun restrictions and the Second Amendment.
Constitutional Attorney KrisAnne Hall on arrest of Sheriff Finch, Liberty Co. FL .
If you would like to show your support for Sheriff Finch and let your voice be heard on this matter I am publishing the contact information below.
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Official Liberty County Sheriff's Facebook site:
Liberty County Sheriff's Department
12499 Pogo Street
Bristol, FL 32321
Sheriff Finch I would like to thank you for your service, your stand, and your bravery. Standing against this tyrannical system fighting for our liberties, our constitution, and our Country is not easy. But is the only way we will regain our Republic from the tyrants whom seek to oppress and destroy America. I would be honored to shake your hand sir. I as well as many others stand with you in the fight for "justice" "freedom" and "liberty." You sir in no doubt are making our founding fathers proud. The tragic irony of all, this is happened in a place called "Liberty County," what an oxymoron. The good news in all this is we know who does not keep their oath.
Closing with words of wisdom from Alexander Hamilton 1788:
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"If circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens."