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Man found "Not Guilty" for bringing gun to rally

scrumpyjackscrumpyjack Member Posts: 5,336 ✭✭✭
There's still hope in Americans. While this jury deliberated for quite a while before reaching it's decision, they had enough common sense to realize that no crime had been comitted! The judge even ruled in favor of Jack on the Disorderly Conduct summary offense.

quote:Judge: Taking Gun To Rally Foolish, Not Criminal
Jurors found John Noble not guilty of disrupting a public gatheringBEAVER (KDKA) _ Click to enlarge1 of 1


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Jurors and a judge in Beaver County found a local man not guilty of disrupting a public gathering and disorderly conduct for bringing a gun to a campaign rally for President Barack Obama last August.

While the judge said John Noble's decision to take his gun to the rally was a foolish act; he added that not all foolish acts rise to criminal behavior. The judge found Noble not guilty of the summary offense of disorderly conduct earlier today.

Noble was accused of causing a disturbance by bringing a gun to the rally in Beaver County last year. The Beaver County man said he wanted to educate people about the right to carry firearms after Obama characterized Pennsylvanians as clinging to guns and religion.

Though he had proper permits to carry the firearm, a trooper arrested him for disrupting a public gathering.

While jurors could not reach a verdict in the case last night - asking the judge to go home because they were "frazzled," they found Noble not guilty of the third degree misdemeanor for disrupting a public gathering shortly before noon.

Noble said he was "elated" with the verdicts.

When asked to respond to the judge's comment that his actions were "foolish," Noble told KDKA's Harold Hayes, "That's the judge's opinion. I think he ruled on the law and that's the way it should have been."

"God is good," Janet Noble said after her husband's acquittal. "Our constitution stands."

Had he been convicted of the third-degree misdemeanor, Noble could have faced as much as one year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.


  • buffalobobuffalobo Member Posts: 2,348 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Any jurors interviewed by chance? Glad to see not guilty but would like to hear what jurors thought. Hopefully a form of jury nullification. More instances are arising of jury bringing back not guilty in cases like this and saying afterwards that they didn't agree w/ law defendant was charged w/ breaking. Hardest part of nullification is that if judge or prosecutor are aware of a person's support of nullification, they will not allow you on jury.
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