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    Post Court Unanimously Rules Against Sheriff Tom Knight

    ...and Knight is ordered to reinstate security checkpoints in the Sarasota Clerk of Court Building

    Quote Originally Posted by “Zach Murdoch”
    Appellate judges unanimously ruled against Sheriff Tom Knight in the battle about:
    - providing security in court facilities
    - [Knight’s desire to allow guns into] court facilities.

    Knight’s staff plan to meet with court administration to determine:
    - whether the sheriff will [or will not] return deputies to screening stations at non-courtroom facilities
    - developing a new procedure [to allow CCW guns into the Sarasota Clerk of Court building].

    Knight said in a news release: “This [appellate court] ruling fails to address the rights of citizens [to carry guns into government buildings when they have a CCW permit]. Senator Steube recognizes this and he has agreed to move this issue through the legislature.”

    Steube argued that [the Sarasota Clerk of Court building] is just a government building and it is not a “gun free zone.”

    Steube’s promise of legislative change could come in the form of:
    - a standalone bill [to allow CCW permit holders to carry guns into court facilities]
    - or could require some “artful things around the amendment process.”

    Steube said: “We can do stuff, it’s just a matter of figuring out how. It’s too early to say exactly how, but I’m going to find a way to [change all of] this.”

    Chief Deputy Col. Kurt Hoffman said…
    Full story:
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20...-security-feud
    Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach Murdock View Post
    Knight’s staff plan to meet with court administration to develop a new procedure [to allow CCW guns into the Sarasota Clerk of Court building].
    If Knight and Hoffman follow through with that threat... and if they allow CCW permit holders to bring their guns into the Sarasota Clerk of Court building... then Knight will be in contempt of court... and Knight will be subject to arrest... again...

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    Steube argued that [the Sarasota Clerk of Court building] is just a government building and it is not a “gun free zone.”
    There are court rulings in other states that state that as long as security is provided, then EVERYONE can be disarmed before entering a facility, to include CCW permit holders.

    Imagine this scenario:
    • Knight starts allowing CCW guns into all court buildings where court is not in session, but those without CCW permits are disarmed before being allowed to enter the building.
    • A woman goes to the clerk of court to file for a restraining order (it's not issued yet). She is disarmed before entering the building because she doesn't have a CCW permit.
    • However, her husband has a CCW permit and deputies allow him to bring his gun into the clerk of court building.
    • The armed husband shoots and kills his unarmed wife inside the clerk of court building.
    • Guess what? The Sarasota Sheriff's Office is now liable for her death because we disarmed her, but we did not disarm him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contempt of court View Post
    If Knight and Hoffman follow through with that threat... and if they allow CCW permit holders to bring their guns into the Sarasota Clerk of Court building... then Knight will be in contempt of court... and Knight will be subject to arrest... again...
    We have never allowed weapons into the Clerk of Court building, even from CCW permit holders. That's why Senator Steube was not allowed to bring his weapons into the building. The administrative order commands us to do what we have always done, which is to prohibit entry of all weapons. If the "Knight and Hoffman duo" order us to allow CCW guns into the facility, then it will be a brand new thing. I seriously doubt that the chief judge is going to go along with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    We have never allowed weapons into the Clerk of Court building, even from CCW permit holders. That's why Senator Steube was not allowed to bring his weapons into the building. The administrative order commands us to do what we have always done, which is to prohibit entry of all weapons. If the "Knight and Hoffman duo" order us to allow CCW guns into the facility, then it will be a brand new thing. I seriously doubt that the chief judge is going to go along with it.
    • Colonel Kurt Hoffman is going to have Major Jeff Bell tell Chief Judge Charles Williams that we will be allowing CCW's into the Sarasota Clerk of Court Building.
    • Interestingly, Mr. Tom Knight will NOT be present at the meeting that Hoffman is asking the chief judge to attend. Knight is a contemptuous and condescending coward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    • Colonel Kurt Hoffman is going to have Major Jeff Bell tell Chief Judge Charles Williams that we will be allowing CCW's into the Sarasota Clerk of Court Building.
    • Interestingly, Mr. Tom Knight will NOT be present at the meeting that Hoffman is asking the chief judge to attend. Knight is a contemptuous and condescending coward.
    In round 1, before this political knightmare mushroomed into a legal fiasco, the chief judge asked Knight to meet with him, but Knight never did.

    In round 2, now that the appellate court has ruled against Knight, he will still not meet with the chief judge.

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    We can only hope that the Chief Judge issues subpoena to knightmare for a hearing on security and when he refuses to show the judge can then issue a FTA warrant. Gosh I would love to be the one to perp walk that SOB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    We can only hope that the Chief Judge issues subpoena to knightmare for a hearing on security and when he refuses to show the judge can then issue a FTA warrant. Gosh I would love to be the one to perp walk that SOB
    Knight may not do a perp walk, but he continues to lose credibility among the public because of his continuous (exposed) shenanigans. Look at how he scammed people with the "Sheriff's Activities League of Sarasota" where only 39% of the money went to the kids and the rest went to pay salaries. Nuts. Knight is a conman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Knight is a conman.
    No argument here. He is a master manipulator. That's exactly what he idealized about Adolf Hitler e.g. his ability to manipulate people, both in-person and most especially through the media.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    • Colonel Kurt Hoffman is going to have Major Jeff Bell tell Chief Judge Charles Williams that we will be allowing CCW's into the Sarasota Clerk of Court Building.
    • Interestingly, Mr. Tom Knight will NOT be present at the meeting that Hoffman is asking the chief judge to attend. Knight is a contemptuous and condescending coward.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In round 1, before this political knightmare mushroomed into a legal fiasco, the chief judge asked Knight to meet with him, but Knight never did.

    In round 2, now that the appellate court has ruled against Knight, he will still not meet with the chief judge.
    Here is an honest question:

    Why is Knight still refusing to personally meet with the chief judge to "work things out"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Here is an honest question:

    Why is Knight still refusing to personally meet with the chief judge to "work things out"?
    During the first scheduled meeting between Knight and the judge (several months ago), Knight backed out of the meeting at the last second. The judge showed up for the meeting and was waiting in the lobby for Knight to appear – but Knight never appeared. Instead, Knight told his secretary to tell the judge that he was at a funeral and could not make it to the meeting. That’s hogwash because funerals are planned in advance (and not at the last second). Knight disrespected and crapped on the judge. Knight treated the judge like a common SSO employee i.e. as being politically, legally and financially expendable. For this second upcoming meeting, Hoffman is asking the judge to meet with Major Jeff Bell “and maybe myself” – but not with Knight.

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