A petition to free him raised almost 30,000 signatures, but the government missed its own deadline and was 15 weeks late in replying to the Lamb Of God singer.
Posted on Dec 10, 2012 02:57 pm
The White House has made a statement on Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe's Czech arrest, but some say it's too little, too late.
A petition asking to free Randy Blythe had raised almost 30,000 signatures. Once a petition reaches 25,000 signatures, the White House must respond within 30 days - but the final statement was over fifteen weeks late.
The statement offers little support and leaves his judgement to the Czech authorities where he had been arrested for manslaughter, though the original petition may have been a little too ambitious in asking the US government to somehow free him from jail there. Blythe had since been released on bail and pledged to return to face trial.
We appreciate your inquiry about the case of D. Randall Blythe, who was released from detention in the Czech Republic on August 3, 2012, and returned to the United States shortly thereafter.
"Mr. Blythe has publicly stated his intention to return to the Czech Republic to face trial for the alleged manslaughter of a Czech man at a concert in 2010. He recently told MTV, 'It's the correct thing for me to do this poor young man's family deserves some answers.'
"Pending Mr. Blythe's trial, we cannot discuss the details of his case. We are closely monitoring the progress of his trial.
"We expect that the Czech government will make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and timely trial for Mr. Blythe, and guarantee full protection of his legal rights under Czech law and his welfare."
Randy will allegedly defend himself in court due to his spiralling legal costs.
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