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INTERNET PETITION FOR RANDY BLYTHE
An online petition "PRAGUE: DROP CHARGES AGAINST RANDY BLYTHE" was started today in an effort to put pressure on the Czech government and show support for Lamb of God lead singer, Randy Blythe. Blythe was detained by authorities for questioning on Thursday, when the band arrived in Prague to do a show that evening at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Czech officials are intent on holding Randy responsible for the death of a concertgoer, which occurred nearly two years ago at another venue in Prague. If charged, he could face up to ten years in prison for 4th degree bodily harm and manslaughter.
The fan, who jumped past security on his third attempt to rush the singer while performing, was allegedly pushed back in self defense by Blythe, and fell off the stage. The man reportedly died later from head injuries sustained from his fall. According to all reports, neither Blythe nor the other band members of Lamb of God were aware that the person had even been injured in the fall. Randy appeared before a judge on Saturday, and given a $200,000 (U.S. Dollars) bail amount due to the judge citing he felt Blythe was a "flight risk." He is being held over until tomorrow, Monday, July 2, 2012 until the banks are open and he can post bail
The petition was posted on the website change.org by Jim Pate of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is not clear what relationship Pate has to Randy Blythe or Lamb of God, other than someone who has taken it upon himself to start a campaign to show support. You can sign the petition here and we urge you to share the link on your Facebook, Twitter, etc..
Many are paying extra attention to this case for numerous reasons. It is the overwhelming majority that feel Randy did nothing wrong, and had no malicious intent when he pushed this man back away from him. In the days since a FANatical fan shot John Lennon and more recently (and closely comparable to these circumstances), another crazed fan rushed the stage during a Pantera concert and shot "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott seven times, which resulted in his death, the question must be asked...where are the right's of the musicians? They are just trying to make a living, up on stage doing what they love. If a concertgoer chooses to break every rule and security protocol, and make aggressive moves upon a musician, then the musician should have a right to defend himself/herself accordingly - even with physical force if necessary, without the fear of prosecution or lawsuits.
Therefore, we again urge each and every one of you that agree with this position, to sign the petition in support of Randy Blythe and to urge the Czech Republic to DROP the charges against him.