White House Responds To Randy Blythe

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.

White House Responds To Randy Blythe
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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. It reads: 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. Do you wish the US government could do more, or should he face the Czech authorities alone? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    PGilbert
    Defend himself? Jesus, this isn't Hollywood and that's going to backfire bigtime. I really hope he knows what he's doing.
    Wininacan
    Absolutly..... how the **** does he think he can defend himself in a man slaughter trial... not only is he not a lawyer, im willing to bet he knows nothing about Czech law
    Holoogamooga
    He seems like a smart man, though. I wouldn't be surprised if he's done some reading in the meantime.
    K!!LsWiTcH
    i agree but he simply apparently cant afford it. and im not sure that czech law provides a lawyer to people who cant afford it and even then im not sure i want a public defender saving me from a murder trial
    bmarlatt1685
    He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.
    bmarlatt1685
    Not trying to bash Randy either. I hope he's cleared too, but it's extremely difficult to defend yourself in a trial, especially in a country where they may have laws different from ours... Plus, it's a manslaughter charge. This isn't appealing a speeding ticket. This is a serious charge going against him. Either way, I wish him the best.
    i_am_metalhead
    There is enough evidence piled up in Randy's favor that will allow him to do a very good job of defending himself. US lawyers cannot legally defend you in another country unless they are licensed to do so and I highly doubt a US citizen hiring a Czech lawyer would really work in that person's favor.
    rabidgoon
    You fools who think the white house should do anything about this are a bunch of imbeciles. He was involved in a possible crime in a foreign land and he is VOLUNTARILY going there to stand trial for it. What do you want the government to do, invade Prague?
    Chronologo
    They wouldn't invade there's no oil wells in prague
    rabidgoon
    True, but there's plenty of great beer and some of the most beautiful women in the world. I had a great time there for about 6 months in 2010.
    Neon_Buffalo
    Why go through all the trouble of invading the Czech Republic for that when Canada is just a little to the North?
    thebigredjj10
    No. Let them attack the Czech Republic and keep ignoring us Canadians as always. If the US realizes how awesome Canada is, we are going to be in real trouble.
    mlukeroberts222
    The government has clearly dropped the ball on this one. If this had happened to a more famous artist, say Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, the US government would have been tripping over its own feet in an attempt to get the charges dropped. Not only that, but to miss the response deadline by the amount of time they did is simply embarrassing and completely disrespectful to Mr. Blythe and all the thousands who took the time to sign the petition. I'm not going to tell anybody to pray for Randy, but keep him in your thoughts.
    jordanzio
    I don't think the US government cares much about Katy Perry or Taylor Swift either....
    bubkusjones
    but I'd bet a larger portion of the general public does, and would raise hell if this were to happen to either of them.
    Alcofuel
    The only reason is because they're more popular than the general public. They aren't making Metalheads victims or something. They just suck at getting things done on time. They also suck at budgets and compromising on issues.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    Unless Randy has a magical Law degree... the czech are going to make short work of this...
    roarinflames
    dude, its randy blythe we're talking about. thats like sending the heavier version of Dee Snider
    irs8686
    Are there not any attorneys who use this site willing to defend him? You'd get mad respect from the metal world...
    vikkyvik
    I'm sure there are plenty who are willing to defend him... ...for $80/hour.
    j-mac71
    I find it so strange that some americans hate obama. unless you're the richest 2% of the country you're fooling yourself that the Republicans offer a better solution for the middle class and America in general. sincerely, Canada.
    limpidgreen345
    I wish someone could come up with a new platitude. That richest 2% pay about 50% of the taxes while the poorest 50% pay about 2% of the taxes.
    BwareDWare94
    And those statistics are perfectly OK with me. The 2% have nothing to bitch about and should shut the **** up. They are the last people our politicians need to be taking care of.
    limpidgreen345
    Come on people, pay attention. The article last week quotes the band manager regarding the defense. And he's DEFENDING himself, not REPRESENTING himself. He has lawyers: "All that the band, myself, and our lawyers [emphasis added] can do is to present a defence, and try to convince the judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges." - Lamb of God manager Larry Mazer The article last week said the band is selling off some of their equipment to pay the legal fees.
    UncleBluck
    Being that this is a fairly high profile case I would think that attorneys here in the U.S., as well as in the Czech Rep. will be volunteeing to take the case Pro Bono.....
    shwepper
    I dunno man, Randy is a ****in smart dude, and extremely well spoken. I know it's risky to defend yourself in court, but if there would be anyone who could do it, it's him.
    jordanzio
    This is extremely risky, the Czech Republic has an entirely different legal system than the USA which means he will have to understand that system well enough to win his case. I don't believe he has a legal degree of any sort nor any knowledge of the Czech legal system. He does seem like an intelligent guy and he likely has the odds in his favour because of how ridiculous the charge is. Then again, its Eastern Europe....dicey
    Mamblingradman
    He does have a graduate degree if I'm not mistaken. He's extremely intelligent so I have hope.
    limpidgreen345
    Come on, read the article last week about this... he has lawyers who presumably know the system...
    shwepper
    yeah but the article states above that he doesn't have the funds to keep his lawyers, which I'm assuming is why he is representing himself :/
    Kriggs
    It's more than risky, I cant recall a big media case where the defendant defended himself and got acquitted. I remember a judge who was pretty impressed by the accused who defended himself, and admired how he presented himself, and was very well spoken and that it was a shame that he ended up the way he did. That defendant's name: Ted Bundy
    i_am_metalhead
    There's a difference between a sociopath defending themselves and someone as level headed, intelligent, and well spoken as Blythe.
    Vicious_Turtle
    ah yes and i assume you hang out with him often and are aware of his intelectual abilities? oh wait, your just saying this cause you like lamb of god?
    shwepper
    *you're, not "your". We aren't talking about my "just". Learn to write properly, it will help accentuate how *intellectual* you are. Or aren't, in this case. And no, I'm saying it because with any public appearance, interview or statement, he has conducted himself as an intelligent, professional personality. He has shown through his media appearances that he is quite educated, unlike a lot of people these days. Also, I just like to have hope for the guy, because this is a terribly tragic state of affairs, and having faith in him is what he wants to hear from his supporters. Apparently, you're just trying to be a prick. And succeeding! Congratulations. Here's a cookie.
    Vicious_Turtle
    (o) no everyone! (hre) come the speling police!(dus) this make you mad?
    qrEE
    OPEN UP! THIS IS THE BAD TROLL POLICE! COME OUT AND PUT YOUR KEYBOARD ON THE GROUND!
    JimDawson
    Nope, its "yo'ure" and "intelectual". You just have to sound words out and remembre how a apostraphey works. Lurn two spel.