Liberty County Sheriff cites Second Amendment as defense in misconduct case

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News of the official misconduct arrest of Liberty County Sheriff Nicholas Finch, and the fact he cited the Second Amendment as a defense, is circulating throughout Florida and outside the state.

Here’s the arrest warrant for Sheriff Finch.

Here’s the official press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement:

 

NEWS RELEASE

FDLE arrests Liberty County Sheriff

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.

Sheriff Nicholas Finch

Sheriff Nicholas Finch

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.

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