A Panhandle Sheriff will soon face a jury on charges of official misconduct. In early June, Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch was arrested for releasing a man from jail, and allegedly covering up the March arrest by altering or destroying official documents. Finch said he let the man go because he believed the arrest violated the 2nd amendment. He never altered or asked anyone to alter documents in the case. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement sees it differently. They arrested Finch, and the Governor suspended him without pay.
Finch is adamant that he did nothing wrong. "The official charge is after I let the man go, I altered or destroyed or caused somebody to alter or destroy official documents". Finch says he absolutely did no such thing. Finch says, "if i was trying to cover anything up, why would I have told three different people, the arresting officer, my two different captains, that I chose not to charge him because of my belief in the 2nd amendment."
Second Judicial Circuit State AttorneyWillie Meggs of Tallahassee is the prosecutor in this case. A trial date has been set for October first in Liberty County.