Liberty in Liberty County!
On October 31, 2013, Sheriff Nick Finch won his case at trial in Liberty County, Florida. The charges were complete nonsense to begin with, and the laughter in the courtroom was difficult to suppress as the prosecution presented its flimsy, farcical case.
Sheriff Finch was charged and arrested and booked into his own jail last June. Sheriff Finch had done something nearly unheard of, yet noble and courageous. He nullified the arrest of a law abiding citizen who had the audacity of carrying a gun in his pocket. Sheriff Finch said “not on my watch.” So the State moved in, arrested the Sheriff and re-arrested the citizen, Mr. Parish.
The end result was Finch was removed from office and went to trial. Mr. Parish once again had the charges dropped, but he was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay $200.
Let’s be very clear here, neither man was guilty of anything! There were no victims and no evidence that a crime had ever occurred. Today, a jury consisting of six Liberty County citizens nullified the charges against Sheriff Finch and told the State officials who brought this case to trial that they were having none of their shenanigans. Sheriff Finch was reinstated as Sheriff just 15 minutes later.
The Sheriff nullified the arrest of an innocent man and the jury nullified the arrest of another innocent man. Liberty won this Halloween day in Liberty County and a tremendous example was laid before us all: Do what’s right, keep your word, and have the courage to stand for the little guy. As Sheriff Finch testified in court before a badgering prosecutor who demeaned and assailed Sheriff Finch’s dedication to his oath and the Constitution, Sheriff Finch calmly and firmly told the prosecutor and the court, “The Constitution has to count for something.”
Sheriff Finch and his good wife are to admired for their courage and commitment. I am proud to call them friends and proud that I had the opportunity to witness for myself the humility and strength of these good people as they stared adversity in the face and won! Now perhaps it is for each of us to learn from this and realize that Liberty and the Constitution only “count for something” if we make it so.
We owe a special thanks to all those who contributed financially, called or emailed to voice your support, or prayed in faith that truth would prevail. It’s encouraging to know that sometimes the good guys still win.
- Richard Mack
St. Charles Video Editing Complete!
The video editing is finally done on the St. Charles convention, and the discs have been sent off for duplication. They should begin shipping sometime in late July. It’s available as a DVD box set with 17+ hours of full presentations, plus a highlights video that runs just under an hour and 15 minutes. The highlights video is also available separately, and the whole thing is posted to YouTube for free viewing. Help us get this out to the nation:
- Post links/embed on your own web sites
- Post to your social networking pages
- Email links to your contacts
- Show video clips at community meetings
News of the CSPOA 2013 Convention: Hope and peace in the eye of the storm
With fierce winds swirling around the hotel in St. Charles, Missouri and much of St. Louis plunged into an unnatural darkness from downed power lines, over 200 convention attendees sat in the dim lighting from a backup generator and continued an awards banquet honoring those who had stood against huge odds in their own states and counties across the nation. Just as the final and most prestigious award for Sheriff of the year was to be given, hotel security evacuated us to a long, low hallway due to a tornado warning. Packed in like sardines, we listened as Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin stood on a chair and accepted his award for CSPOA Constitutional Sheriff Of The Year.
“You had by back when everything was going against me,” he said. “You called to give your support for the battle I was fighting, and when it’s your turn, I’ll have your backs as well.”
This tornado alert served as a metaphor for the entire convention. A group of dedicated sheriffs, law enforcement officers, state representatives and liberty-loving citizens came together to strengthen their resolve to find peaceful solutions to the REAL crisis of the day: The Freedom Crisis.
There is more to tell; much, MUCH more. It would take hours to summarize accurately. Luckily, it’s all on video, and coming your way as soon as we can get through all the footage.
At our CSPOA national convention in Las Vegas last September, we honored Sheriff Jeff Christopher with a special award recognizing his valiant efforts. As his case now comes to trial, we urge you to give what you can to this important cause. Click the image above to read more about Sheriff Jeff Christopher’s battle and to find out how your donation can help. You can donate to him directly by mail, or via the CSPOA site right here.
SOS Jeff Christopher