Jury Finds Sheriff Not Guilty for Upholding Oath of Office

By Dean Weingarten

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Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- It has become common for liberal fascists to proclaim that “only the Supreme Court” can interpret the Constitution.

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Every legislator, every elected politician, every police officer and person in the military takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  They do not take an oath to follow orders given by the Supreme Court.

It is a myth that only the Supreme Court can interpret the Constitution.  It was not always so, and legislators and juries commonly interpreted the Constitution in the United States before the “progressive” era.   One of the strongest checks on government power is the power of the jury.   A jury has the power to decide that a law is unconstitutional or that a particular application of a law is unjust.

In Florida, an elected Sheriff released a prisoner when the Sheriff believed the prisoners constitutional rights had been violated.  A disgruntled deputy lined up another job, then accused the Sheriff of corruption.  From wkzo.com:

BRISTOL, Florida (Reuters) – A Florida sheriff was acquitted on Thursday of charges that he committed misconduct and falsified public records when he freed a jailed man who carried a loaded gun without a permit.

Suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, 51, had testified that he released Floyd Parrish from jail because he had a constitutional duty to uphold the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Conservative organizations and activists opposed to gun control rallied to the sheriff’s defense after Governor Rick Scott suspended him last summer. Scott reinstated him shortly after the jury delivered its verdict.

So we have a very interesting case where a Sheriff acts on his principles, and is upheld in them by a jury of his peers.

Perhaps we will see the start of a trend.

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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973.  He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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John Isbell

I’m happy for the sheriff, I just hope they give him the back pay he so richly deserves, and pay for his legal bills also. It’s hell when your falsely accused because the wheels of justice turn slowly and in the mean time your reputation suffers.This can and often does cause mental anguish.Sometimes families break up under the stress.Pray this doesn’t happen.


Years ago I sat on a jury pool, hoping to serve as part of a jury. The judge specifically instructed all of us in the pool that we did NOT have the right to judge the lawfulness of any case that might be presented to us, but that we were to judge whether someone was guilty or not based only on the law on the books and evidence we were presented with. I kept quiet but sadly, I was not chosen for the jury. Otherwise, the jury would’ve learned from me that they are, indeed, to decide whether the law… Read more »


Well this turned out as it should have.