Mervin became famous in 2010 for his arrest and subsequent acquittal after he attempted to enter the county admin building with a pitchfork.
... Today a group of Mohave County citizens gathered peacefully in the parking lot of the Mohave County Arizona Administration Building, located in Kingman, Arizona, in support of their 1st Amendment Rights. Citizens carrying American Flags were denied access to the building by County Manager, Ron Walker. One citizen, Mervin Fried, was arrested for "Trespassing" because he was entered the building carrying a pitchfork in protest of recent actions taken by Ron Walker, County Manager, and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors. Please note: Arizona is an "open carry" state, which means that a person may legally carry a weapon, as long as it is in a holster or on a sling. Mr. Fried's pitchfork was on a sling. Many other people entered the County building carrying a firearm at the exact time that Mr. Fried was being placed under arrest. ...
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At the Kingman Miner are a number of articles about the trial:
There are several articles about the trial linked below this article:
- Judge rules against motion to dismiss trespassing charges
- Fried seeks dismissal of trespassing charge
- Attorney wants charge dropped
- Fried attorney says client unsure who Walker was
- Fried attorney cries foul
Strangely, I don't see the article about the jury's acquittal.
Mervin last ran for Mohave County supervisor in 2016.
From the 8/1/16 District 4 Candidate Forum in Golden Valley, "Mervin Pitchfork Freedom's" Introduction:
Mervin doesn't believe in public education (go to YouTube) or infrastructure maintained by the County (homeowners need to take care of their roads) and he's a young healthy white man from the city with no compassion whatsoever -- typical for most (all?) Mohave County politicians.
I give Mervin points for being honest and standing up for what he believes in and for taking his trial to the jury.