Monday Fresh: Randy Blythe Slams US Government

He wonders why they didn't warn him about being wanted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic, and says they did little to help him while behind bars.

Monday Fresh: Randy Blythe Slams US Government
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Randy Blythe has slammed the US government for failing to warn him that he was wanted for manslaughter in the Czech Republic. His band Lamb Of God went to tour there in June without realising that Blythe would be arrested for allegedly pushing a fan into the crowd two years ago. Blythe disputes the allegation, but prosecutors say it resulted in the death of the fan two weeks later. Blythe was finally freed last week after paying $400,000 bail, but now he's wondering why the US Government didn't warn him when they first heard about the allegations. "The Czech authority sent a letter to the Justice Department, and our government told them basically where they can get off," he told Rolling Stone. "They said, 'No, we won't cooperate'." "Regardless, what I'm a little bit steamed about is the fact that they didn't have the courtesy to contact me in any way, shape or form and say, 'Hey, you're wanted for manslaughter in a foreign country'." The US Embassy didn't completely ignore Blythe while he was incarcerated, but he wasn't impressed with their efforts: "I certainly would have appreciated a little bit more concern on my part. I saw one person from the US Embassy. One. And they didn't really do much for me. They were just like, 'Are they torturing you?' 'No'. 'OK, goodbye'. I didn't hear anything from them." Blythe adds that the case might be settled out of court, but otherwise he'll be back on trial in November. "Naturally, there's some trepidation," he says, "but the way I feel about possibly going to prison for five to 10 years really has nothing to do with the fact of the matter that it's the right thing for me to do."

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    AnnihilationUK
    Ultimate Guitar has more slams than the WWE
    iommi600
    Or RedTube...
    JuteJute
    I should just skip checking these comments. I hate when im reading these articles and then someone throws there and my coffee is on my keyboard and on my screen. But yea i lol'd
    flame843
    i think cracked ran a column a few months back about words in headlines that indicate the story isn't worth reading, and one of them was "slams." it's a really trite word to use, especially when "criticizes" would have been much more appropriate. he's not "slamming" anyone.
    GibsonMan321
    I don't really feel like this was a "slam". He went about his criticisms in a sincere and respectful manner, despite the government REALLY screwing him on this. I'd say his feelings are quite justified.
    ranbat
    I like how Mr Blythe has been one to say that the government needs to keep their nose out of his business, and then when they do, he gets all indignant about it. Typical.
    TheNumber6
    we all know if Blythe was a mainstream pop star our government would probably have made an effort to organize their release and notify them of these charges before hand. when it comes to metal.. noone other than metal heads will care. which is complete bs.
    purplexing
    Why? I don't disagree that if it was a huge star the government would have been more active. But it's not like they said " oh **** metal, they don't deserve our attention". The same thing would have happened with any other civilian that's not very famous.
    TheNumber6
    i know they didnt, but unfortunately metal isnt viewed very highly among government officials, i remember reading articles over the years about how "it corrupts children" and "leads to suicide, depression, blahblahblah" type of things. none of it ever had very concrete evidence. but it leaves a bad light on the genre in the media. regardless im glad Randy is back in the states, and hopefully this matter will be resolved quickly and in Randy's favor.
    oxymoronicman
    Omama? Really? What are you, in second grade?
    Blacken Light
    Um, no what are you a douche Obama Fan Boy? You know he would have the Justice Dept. on the case in a Heart Beat if it were a Hollywood donor or Liberal Rock Star, and the Mainstream Media would be all over the story also
    Anchr
    What I think oxymorinicman was trying to say is: How the flying **** does Obama fit in this story? I personally believe that if a citizen is incarcerated in a foreign country, it is the responsibility an embassy to establish things like legal help. Please elaborate what role Obama plays in such a scenario.
    Blacken Light
    Because HE is the PRESIDENT and is the LEADER of this Country that's How? What kind of Juvenile Question is that? And in charge of the Justice dept. he is the Commander in chief, HELLO
    millarso
    I'm sorry man, but no matter what I think about a president, it isn't his job to control every single US affair that goes on. In all likelihood, he never even heard about this. There is nothing juvenile about assuming that the President isn't tinkering with the entire free world. Also the justice department is part of a ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BRANCH. He is most certainly not in charge of the Justice department. Learn about your own country, you clod-hopper!
    zillaman
    He is the leader of the country. Which makes this a perfect example. If one of his donors was stuck in a Czech jail, he would have them out in an instant. Randy has nothing to do with Obama, but Obama still makes a good example. If Randy was donating 6 million dollars to Obama every month, Obama would have gotten him out of this somehow. However, Randy was not a major problem for the US embassy, so they had no reason to jump to their feet and help him. The embassy still has other things to do besides focus on a rock star who is in a Czech jail because he probably did something totally stupid during one of his concerts.
    purplexing
    But this argument is ridiculous. The point is that Obama probably has no idea who Blythe is or what the hell is happening. It's not his job to know who everyone imprisoned overseas is. If Blythe was a huge donor, the Obama would probably know who he is. Therefore It is not the matter of Obama ignoring him, Obama just doesn't know of some guy named Randy Blythe. A lot of people here think that Blythe is super famous, which is not true at all.
    purplexing
    But this argument is ridiculous. The point is that Obama probably has no idea who Blythe is or what the hell is happening. It's not his job to know who everyone imprisoned overseas is. If Blythe was a huge donor, the Obama would probably know who he is. Therefore It is not the matter of Obama ignoring him, Obama just doesn't know of some guy named Randy Blythe. A lot of people here think that Blythe is super famous, which is not true at all.
    l0ld4v3
    Yeah, I don't know who he is. People in my country doesn't know who he is. I don't get it either, why would the president of teh United States would address personally to such an issue, when he has to look for bigger stuff. Seriously though, one should be aware of their own legal status, specially if one is prone to traveling, like say, a musician.
    millarso
    It is NOT a perfect example at all. If you were President who would you bail out? Your friend or some guy you didn't even know was in prison? You really think Obama is just sitting at his desk thinking "F**k you, Randy"?
    zillaman
    If you were president, and someone was donating millions to your campaign, then you would care if that person has been accused of manslaughter in another country. But since Randy wasn't a huge deal to the embassy, they had no reason to bail him out when they have other things to do.
    scrymusic
    Wow... Government went to bat for girl in Italy but not for Randy.... Shame on them.
    Tyler.Allain
    He's angry and looking for someone to blame for the circumstances he fell into. The U.S embassy had information that would have prevented his incarceration and is therefore a logical scapegoat for his frustration. However, it is not the US embassy's responsibility to monitor the legal status of every U.S citizen and non-citizen occupier in every foreign country all over the world.
    R&FN'Roll
    Wait... Why is it our governments job, to warn a civilian that they are wanted by another country?
    jrodgers
    Uhhh.... Because we pay taxes? Because our government people are OUR employees? Because we are American citizens and our government exists to protect us from foreign threats? I could go on and on. I guarantee if this happened to you, you'd be pretty ticked off
    zillaman
    No. R&FN'Roll is right. It is not the government's issue. This is a part of the Constitution and bill of rights that involves, free speech, and course of action. Whatever Randy Blythe did do, whether kill the person, shove them, or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, it was his own actions, not the governments that got him here. That would make this his problem, not the governments.
    jrodgers
    No one is saying that Randy Blythe's problem is the government's problem. This affects the govt in no shape or form. But... the man and his family have, and will continue to have many major problems because of this. However if the govt could just deliver him a simple message saying, "Hey Randy, just so you know, if you enter the Czech Republic they are gonna lock you up in an ex-Nazi torture chamber on ridiculous manslaughter charges, then continue holding you even after youve posted bail TWICE", it would prevent it all from happening? These are the people we both pay ourselves and elect into office. Just my opinion, but I think they owe him, or anyone for matter, that courtesy.
    zillaman
    I see your point. But it still makes me wonder if the government HAD told him, would that be right? Because, of course, he wouldn't have gone to the Czech Republic. The charges didn't seem quite right, but if there is ANY truth in them whatsoever, then not going to the Czech Republic would have been running away from consequences. That's just my view of the story.
    purplexing
    Being imprisoned is NOT a 'foreign threat'. If it happened to me I would be pissed off too, but that wouldn't make me right.
    Lemoninfluence
    I get the whole 'let me know I'm wanted for murder' issue, even if I don't necessarily agree with it. But what the hell did he expect the embassy to do? step in and fight his case for him? interfere in another country's legal system? He's a fairly well off musician who was wanted in connection with a serious crime. At most I can expect the embassy to have a list of lawyers at hand that have a good reputation and are well equipped to deal with English speaking clients.
    437
    America interfere's with every other legal system anyway so why not?
    RobertStyx
    It wasn't murder, it was manslaughter. There is a difference. I agree with pretty much everything else you have had to say though. Though, I do feel that the US government should have not only told Randy he was wanted, but should have actually cooperated with the Czech officials in the first place.
    TheNumber6
    he expected his country to show some support for a citizen imprisoned overseas. ive followed this story since the beginning and the US gov made as small an effort as humanly possible to bring Randy home or even get him lawyers to aid his case. but when it comes to people stuck in Iran we do everything in our power to get them back. why? because they were unjustly imprisoned. as was Randy.
    Lemoninfluence
    How was Randy unjustly imprisoned? The only thing that's dodgy about this story is the increase in bail required after it had already been set, but even that could be justified by new information coming to light altering the flight risk etc. Like I said, all they should really be doing is providing him with a list of lawyers and/or looked into the possibility of having him tried in the US, but then there may not be the mechanisms in place to allow that.
    dewitt
    I don't know if you could call the flight risk situation 'new information,' since they arrested him as the band was passing through on a world tour. I pretty much agree with the rest of what you said, though.
    Lemoninfluence
    I said new information altering the flight risk i.e. new information came to light which suggested that he was less likely to return to the country. Maybe something like saying 'I wish my government had told me beforehand so I could have skipped the country on my world tour".
    TheNumber6
    because he wasnt the one who pushed the kid, if you viewed the tape the security guard was the one who directly pushed him down into the crowd. randy did too with one arm but the guard put alot of strength behind his push. that much was clear. if anything this was a money extortion because Czech Rep has a bit of an economy/money issue, thus the double bail raise form $200k to $400k.
    jerkass
    lol. yeah, like $400k makes difference to a country.. and I suggest you do the research on your country economy/money issue supposing youre american
    zillaman
    I understand his frustration, but I don't think that the US embassy was going to do any more than it did.
    RP2U
    I would fire my booking agent/manager before getting angry at the government...