ROH News: Mercury returns to role as producer after charges of credit card fraud are dismissed, Mercury also added to creative team (w/Radican’s Analysis)

By Sean Radican, PWTorch Columnist



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-Joey Mecury has returned to his role as producer for ROH and he is also part of the creative team as well. Mercury was arrested back in September in Chicago before he was set to work behind the scenes at a producer at the All In PPV. Mercury was arrested after being found sleeping in his car outside the Marriot Schaumburg the day before All In was set to take place. He was arrested because police ran his information and found an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Florida. Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com originally reported of Mercury’s return to his role as a producer for ROH.

Mercury was charged two incidents of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card obtaining $100 or more in value, Third Degree Grand Theft Auto, and Petty Theft. Mercury was scheduled to go to court in January, but the charges were dismissed in November when video evidence showed the crimes were not committed by him and he had an alibi for being out of the country when when the crimes took place as well.

Mercury (Adam Birch) had a statement released through his lawyer at the time of the charges being dismissed discussing the sloppy work of the police in Winter Park, Florida as well as the extremely poor manner in which he was treated by police in Chicago and Florida when was incarcerated in Chicago and transported to Florida from Illinois.

You can read the full statement below:

To Whom It May Concern: I am the attorney of record for Mr. Adam Birch. While I am pleased that his cases have been dismissed based on his actual innocence (not a legal technicality), I want you to know that the fact that he was arrested and charged in two cases in which he was never involved in is an embarrassment to our criminal justice system. The actions of the Winter Park, Florida Police Department represents the sloppiest and most incompetent police work anywhere. Mr. Birch never should have been charged with either of those crimes. A review of the evidence which was on videotape makes it absolutely clear that the perpetrator of the crimes was not Adam Birch. Furthermore, the fact that Adam Birch was not in the United States when the crimes were committed illustrates the absurdity and grave injustice in charging and causing the arrest of Mr. Birch. While we are grateful that the Orange County State’s Attorney’s office ultimately realized that Mr. Birch was absolutely innocent, it took them too long to do so. Mr. Birch has suffered irreparable harm to his excellent reputation all because of disgraceful police work. He was arrested in Chicago and subjected to inhumane treatment while he was incarcerated in Chicago and during his transport to Florida from Illinois, before he could post a bond and be released. On a personal note, I have found Adam Birch to be an absolute gentleman in all of my dealings with him.

All the best,

Jeffrey S. Weiner, Esquire Attorney of Record for Mr. Adam Birch

Mercury returned to his role as a trainer at the ROH Dojo in December before starting back with the company full time behind the scenes as a producer starting with ROH’s first event in January. PWTorch has learned that Mercury and ROH had mutually agreed to put his agreement with the company on hold until his legal matters were resolved.

Radican’s Analysis: This sounds like a terrible situation for Mercury, who took a big hit to his reputation after being found sleeping in his car and being subsequently arrested before All In. I’m glad that the charges were dropped, but I’m concerned about “inhumane treatment” he experienced while in prison in Chicago and being transported to Florida. It will be interesting to see if anything else comes to light in that regard or if the matter is dropped.

I’m glad that things worked out for Mercury and that he was able to return to his role behind the scenes. Mercury is someone that top stars in ROH enjoyed working with before his arrest.

 

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