Randy Blythe Freed From Jail

After a month behind bars, Blythe is on his way back to the US before his trial commences in November.

Randy Blythe Freed From Jail
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Randy Blythe has been freed after spending four weeks in a Czech prison. He has already boarded a flight to New York to step back on US soil and see his family. The Lamb Of God frontman was arrested in late June for allegedly pushing a fan from the stage into the crowd at a show in Prague two years ago, which may have caused a fatal injury. Blythe maintains his innocence, and Classic Rock reports that Czech authorities never formally charged him. His case will be heard in November. Blythe initially posted bail of $200,000 roughly equal to his annual salary but the prosecutor filed a complaint to say he was a flight risk, meaning they believed he would not return to face the court. His bail was then doubled to $400,000, and the prosecutor repeated their complaint, but a decision was reached yesterday (August 4) to free him. "As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear," explained his attorney Martin Radvan (via Blabbermouth), who told the court that his position as a public figure would make it difficult to go into hiding. "If he wants to continue performing, he will have to return. And he wants to return because he believes he is not guilty of anything he has been charged with." Blythe's defence case is strong, according to Jonathan Crane from the Prague Post. "Even if Randy was responsible for the alleged attack, the expert said that who is to say that he wasn't accidentally kicked or trodden on or left without help by fans below the stage," he said. Share your messages to Randy and the rest of Lamb Of God in the comments, and remember to hit the Facebook 'like' in the top right to spread the news to your friends.

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    ppiekoszewski
    Jonathan Crane, of the Prague Post? SCARECROW IS IN EUROPE But anyway, so glad to hear he's been let out. Hopefully not long until he's fully acquitted.
    VanTheKraut
    ^You realize that he gets the 400k back when he appears in court, that's the whole point of bail. "If you run away, we get to keep this money" kinda thing.
    Aays
    I just saw the picture of Randy with his arms outstretched and yelling on the home page and I thought... IT'S HAPPENED.
    Maiden95
    Great news. We love ya Randy. If I were you though I wouldn't go back to my court hearing.. *waiting for the response of "but..that's illegal ." Yeah I know. But **** em.
    perko1
    Cant help but feel for the guys family. After all he did DIE. But very happy Randy's out and I know he wouldnt do that on purpose
    ronhoward
    In other news, 12 year old kids don't understand the difference of being accused of murder and being accused of manslaughter.
    Shuk
    According to Jonathan Crane of the Prague Post, Randy Blythe's options were "Death or Exile".
    DSG3002
    No thanks to the US government for helping him get out of there, of course. Glad to see he's finally set free though.
    chimaira033
    Wake up with a hangover and then find out Randy is out of prison, this is a good morning.
    Niiko
    Hold on, so he posted bail when they asked for it and then went "Well hold on, if he's got money like that readily available then let's milk him for more!" And twice they've done it and luckily the the third time was too far. This is obvious extortion.
    Gowbo
    Slipknot101.0 wrote: how is yesterday august 4th if today is august 3rd?
    I second this
    skidlz
    all the "free randy blythe" shit was nuts. why should he be freed just because hes famous? did he have a hand in the guys death or not? i dont wanna see anyone incarcerated who doesnt deserve it, but be fair.
    Except from all accounts he had nothing to do with it, and what's more is he posted the original bail amount. Here in the States you can't just go upping someone's bail after they post the original decided-on amount. That's crazy. He still has to face charges at trial, but until then he's out of jail.
    crazysam23_Atax
    NHECOS wrote: A person died and you guys only think about his music... this has to be figured out.
    If you end up dying because you did something you're not supposed to do, like repeatedly try to attack the lead singer of a band while at their concert, then it's your own damn fault.
    RC52190
    RC52190 wrote: soulgrenade wrote: Nuke the whole country and be done with it. 'MURICA!
    FUCK YEAH.
    sn00ze
    Eifler121 wrote: slipknot836 wrote: I'm really glad to hear this news! Sick and tired of people saying "he's a murderer and doesn't deserve freedom". Why would he mean to kill a fan? He wouldn't. I'm sure if you protected yourself in self defence, and accidentally killed someone, the tables would turn on your opinion. Think before you go judging someone's mistakes. I'm sure you've made plenty yourself. I don't think a single person has said he was a murderer; aside from the obvious Czech Republic. I don't even like Lamb of God, but I've been following this story just because of how f'd the whole thing is.
    Then you haven't been following it really carefully. There is a huge difference between murder and manslaughter and he wasn't charged with murder in Czech. Czech your facts next time before you post something stupid.
    RC52190
    soulgrenade wrote: Nuke the whole country and be done with it.
    'MURICA!
    kmcharger21
    NHECOS wrote: A person died and you guys only think about his music... this has to be figured out.
    An idiot died who was doing something illegal and a man defending himself was thrown in jail. He was released. Everything is figured out
    rapprocka1017
    The dumbass kid rushed the stage MULTIPLE TIMES, completely ignoring security. What's more is that he was also completely sober. When other concertgoers are most likely under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and STILL managed to practice better judgement than the kid, you can tell it was the kid's fault and his fault alone. If anything, Randy was protecting himself. You know who comes to mind when I hear of people stage rushing? The guy who murdered Dimebag.
    Gillyx
    Gowbo wrote: Slipknot101.0 wrote: how is yesterday august 4th if today is august 3rd? I second this
    UG is getting serious... Reporting from the future O.o
    LightxGrenade
    GenerationKILL wrote: there are literally thousands if not MILLIONS of other innocent people being incarcerated for LESS....Where's their crusading mob of righteousness?
    Guess you never heard of the Innocence Project huh? Or Cheng Guacheng the Chinese activist who was offered asylum in the US Embassy and later taken on as a refugee in the US? Or how about For Justice.org which is a site that literally lists over 100 lawyers/organizations willing to help the wrongfully convicted everywhere from America to New Zealand? I hardly doubt a small article with comments on a guitar site sounds as a crusading mob of righteousness. Before you run your mouth maybe you should actually make sure you're right.
    zalant
    kmcharger21 wrote: NHECOS wrote: A person died and you guys only think about his music... this has to be figured out. An idiot died who was doing something illegal and a man defending himself was thrown in jail. He was released. Everything is figured out
    Can we all just agree that A) stage-diving is not a crime and that B) "helping" a guy off the stage with a one-handed shove is not "defending oneself"? Remember back in the day when shit could just happen , and it didn't always have to be someone's fault? It's really unfortunate that the guy died, but sometimes there's just no one there to catch you. Anyone who has ever jumped off a stage should know that. Even when someone is there, you could still land on your head. It's an inherent risk that everyone is aware of, so this all just needs to go away.
    rattfink777
    robhc wrote: I hate how even the slightest bit of fame is essentially a 'get out of jail free' card. Justice fails once again...
    There is so many things wrong with this statement...
    Craig_Christian
    Shornifier wrote on 08/03/2012 - 10:45 am / quote | Huge wave of relief, hope he gets home safely and gets to take a proper shower. YES!
    I'm pretty sure he'll have had a fair few improper showers if ya know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink wink.
    Shornifier
    Huge wave of relief, hope he gets home safely and gets to take a proper shower. YES!
    futuretro
    just had a super s****y day at work. THIS is the kind of pick me up news i needed to hear.
    maiden7x
    ppiekoszewski wrote: Jonathan Crane, of the Prague Post? SCARECROW IS IN EUROPE But anyway, so glad to hear he's been let out. Hopefully not long until he's fully acquitted.
    THIS o.o
    Creepingdeth89
    Craig_Christian wrote: Shornifier wrote on 08/03/2012 - 10:45 am / quote | Huge wave of relief, hope he gets home safely and gets to take a proper shower. YES! I'm pretty sure he'll have had a fair few improper showers if ya know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink wink.
    That stuff only happens in American prisons.
    cyanide02
    ppiekoszewski wrote: Jonathan Crane, of the Prague Post? SCARECROW IS IN EUROPE But anyway, so glad to hear he's been let out. Hopefully not long until he's fully acquitted.
    Damn, you beat me to it lol! Glad to hear about Randy being released! It's about damn time!
    robhc
    Eifler121 wrote: slipknot836 wrote: I'm really glad to hear this news! Sick and tired of people saying "he's a murderer and doesn't deserve freedom". Why would he mean to kill a fan? He wouldn't. I'm sure if you protected yourself in self defence, and accidentally killed someone, the tables would turn on your opinion. Think before you go judging someone's mistakes. I'm sure you've made plenty yourself. I don't think a single person has said he was a murderer; aside from the obvious Czech Republic. I don't even like Lamb of God, but I've been following this story just because of how f'd the whole thing is.
    The Czech Republic aren't calling it murder either. They're calling it manslaughter, which is an accidental death to ones negligence, which is exactly what happened. Murder is one intentionally kills another.
    sideslick
    Slipknot101.0 wrote: how is yesterday august 4th if today is august 3rd?
    The real story isn't that Randy was released, but that time machines have been successfully created and utilized.
    darkfire_storm
    Chromex wrote: There you go. Everything worked out fine and Randy says he's been treated fairly. All of you who were going on about corrupt Czechs and conspiracies against metal, what are you gonna say now? Have a bit of patience next time and you can avoid embarrassing yourselves.
    All that's happened is they've honored his bail and released him from custody. He's still pretrial and stands to face the charges in court later on. He isn't fully freed yet. Jail =\= prison, they are not interchangeable. Jail holds people in custody pending their trial. Prisons incarcerate those who are found guilty of the charges. I really wish the majority of people would learn the difference.
    Eifler121
    Diven wrote: Blythe's defence case is strong, according to Jonathan Crane from the Prague Post. " ...Scarecrow?
    Holy Metal Batman!
    johnfrance
    Im not a fan of the band but it still pleases me to hear that he got out from such a terrible misuse of a justice system.