Legal Magazine

Erik Davis Harp Was Arrested for Carrying a Concealed 9 Mm Handgun into a Government Building--the Bay County Courthouse in Panama City Beach, FL

Posted on the 18 May 2016 by Rogershuler @RogerShuler

Erik Davis Harp was arrested for carrying a concealed 9 mm handgun into a government building--the Bay County Courthouse in Panama City Beach, FL

Erik Davis Harp

Erik Davis Harp, a one-time gambling kingpin and business partner to former Luther Strange campaign manager Jessica Medeiros Garrison, was arrested in March for carrying a concealed firearm into a government building. Specifically, Harp is charged with taking a concealed Walther 9mm handgun into the Bay County Courthouse in Panama City Beach, Florida. (See documents about the charges at the end of this post.)
Trying to sneak a gun into courthouse? That raises the seriousness of this story by several levels.
Harp was indicted several years ago in Queen's, New York, as one of two ringleaders in an offshore sports-gambling ring, based in Panama, that brought in more than $20 million a month, Despite his connections to massive wealth, Harp applied for indigent status, which the Florida court denied. He hired Kevin D. Barr, of the Panama City Beach law firm Bryant Higby, who entered a not-guilty plea on his client's behalf.
A pre-trial conference is set for 1:30 p.m. on June 9 before Judge Brantley Clark Jr. Here are specifics of the charges against Harp, per Jennifer Hawkins, an assistant state attorney for the 14th Judicial Circuit in Florida:
Erik D. Harp, on or about March 15, 2016, in the County of BAY and the State of FLORIDA, did knowingly carry a Walther 9mm handgun, a firearm, concealed on or about his person, contrary to Florida Statute 790.01(2). 

Under Florida law, Harp is charged with a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
According to charges from prosecutors, Harp "knowingly" took a gun into a courthouse. That suggests it was not an accident, and that raises a number of troubling questions:
(1) Did Harp have legitimate courthouse business on that date? If so, what was it? Was he present because of a criminal case, a civil case, or some other business usually conducted at the courthouse?
(2) If Harp had no business at the courthouse, why was he "knowingly" trying to enter with a handgun? Did he plan to shoot someone? If so, who was it, and why?
(3) If Harp intended to shoot someone, was he essentially on a suicide mission? Isn't a lone gunman likely to be way outnumbered in a courthouse, where multiple armed security types are likely to be on duty?
(4) Will investigators look into Erik Harp's communication records--e-mails, phone messages, texts, etc.--in an effort to determine the intentions behind his trip to a courthouse, with a gun?
Here are several key documents from the Harp case. (A hat tip to helpful readers who played a major role in preparation of this post.):
Erik Davis Harp--Arrest document by Roger Shuler
Erik Davis Harp - Pre Trial Conference Set for 06-09-2016 by Roger Shuler
Erik Davis Harp- Information Filed by Roger Shuler
Erik Davis Harp -- Notice of Appearance by Roger Shuler
Erik Davis Harp- Affidavit for Insolvency-Indigent Status by Roger Shuler

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • The European Union Just Made Bioenergy Worse for Biodiversity

    European Union Just Made Bioenergy Worse Biodiversity

    While some complain that the European Union (EU) is an enormous, cumbersome beast (just ask the self-harming Brexiteers), it generally has some rather laudable... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Bradshaw
    ENVIRONMENT
  • The Romantics

    Romantics

    These two words conjure an image in my mind of running through fields with flowers in my hand and my beloved running after me, very much like the Bollywood film... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Ashleylister
    BOOKS, CREATIVITY, CULTURE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Lesson 1570- Life Lessons I Want My Kids to Know

    Lesson 1570- Life Lessons Want Kids Know

    We just back from a family vacation on Cape Cod. It’s the one week of the year that we all go barefoot, drink cold beers in the afternoon, read books in the... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Wendythomas
    ANIMALS & WILDLIFE, HOME, PETS, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey at Boots & Hearts 2018 Interview

    Who’s Gonna Love You, Tebey Boots Hearts 2018 Interview

    Tebey teased his last-minute addition to Boots Hearts 2018 through his social media channels, and then he came on out to the Burl's Creek Event Grounds and wa... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Phjoshua
    LIFESTYLE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

    Frugal Tip: Make-Your-Own Sore Throat Syrup

    Summer is almost over, and there is a chill in the air, so it's not hard to think of the cold season coming soon. And with it - coughs, colds and sore throats. Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt
    FAMILY, FINANCE, SHOPPING
  • 7 Physical Signs Your Partner Is Sleeping With Someone Else

    Let us put aside the idea of a perfect world where people love their lovers honestly, with all their heart and would never ever cheat on them, where all... Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Naijapary
    SOCIETY, A-CLASSER
  • Home Decor: A Garden for Every Space

    Home Decor: Garden Every Space

    For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver. Read more

    The 20 August 2018 by   Rashmi Gopal Rao
    DESTINATIONS, TRAVEL