Upcoming 7 days, a young university university student will face a federal decide in Washington, D.C., at a sentencing hearing about his nonviolent participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol rally. UCLA undergrad Christian Secor was arrested final February and expended much more than a month in solitary confinement. Think about that.
Unlike the weekly parade of repeat violent legal rapists, robbers, pedophiles and murderers across the place with significant rap sheets who get pleasure from a no-bail revolving door, Christian had by no means, ever been in trouble with the law before his arrest.
The un-American Office of Injustice has produced existence hell for hundreds of peaceful Trump rally participants — locking them up, throwing away the crucial, harassing their people, withholding evidence and obliterating their constitutional legal rights to stifle dissent, punish the Democrats’ political enemies and weaponize J6 till kingdom occur. Don’t take my phrase for it. A D.C. magistrate overseeing some of the instances, Zia Faruqui, decried the gargantuan prosecutions of nearly 900 defendants, together with at the very least two Americans who ended up still left to languish in custody after being “lost” for weeks with out scheduled hearings.
“It feels like the governing administration has bitten off more than it can chew in this article,” Faruqui complained in March.
Certainly, the vengeful federal beast has an insatiable urge for food and bottomless methods to ruin life. The D.C. witch-hunt prosecutors threw a pile of costs at Christian that manufactured sensational headlines, like “assaulting, resisting or impeding officers,” as liberal National General public Radio reported. Christian pleaded not responsible to all prices in March 2021 but, 14 wearying months later, entered an arrangement to plead responsible to a solitary felony charge of “obstructing a federal continuing.”
Here is what I wrote to the choose in Christian’s scenario, the Honorable Trevor McFadden, to share what I know about this shiny younger male as he faces up to 20 decades in prison subsequent week.
Dear Decide McFadden,
My identify is Michelle Malkin and I am crafting on behalf of Christian Secor, whom you will sentence on Oct 19, 2022. I am a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, investigative journalist, creator of 7 guides, campus speaker, and mentor to a great number of youthful conservative activists across the nation for the past 30 a long time.
In November 2019, I 1st achieved Christian in advance of supplying a speech at UCLA sponsored by the Bruin Republicans. I instantly located him to be well mannered, witty, and really intelligent. He shown wide and deep understanding of environment affairs. We share similar perspectives as passionate defenders of American sovereignty and unapologetic nationalism. I observed or communicated with Christian numerous periods amongst the drop of 2019 and the drop of 2020. He was constructively engaged in university student activism on campus locally and in supporting to unite conservative college students nationally on immigration and general public health and fitness and basic safety issues as the pandemic period erupted.
Being aware of my like of the outside, Christian sent me a stunning mountain and rainbow picture from his summer months 2020 getaway in flyover region. He thoughtfully messaged to would like me happy birthday in Oct 2020. Four months later on, I discovered of his arrest and the surprising 40 days he expended in solitary confinement.
A non-violent higher education kid with zero felony report held in isolation for 40 times? This is not the The usa my immigrant mothers and fathers from the Philippines considered they were being getting when they still left an authoritarian routine that jailed political opponents and punished pupil activists.
By no means in any of my conversations or interactions with Christian did he at any time specific guidance for violence.
Under no circumstances in any of my conversations or interactions with Christian did he ever convey any sentiments of “racism,” “Nazism,” “white supremacy,” “fascism,” or “insurrection.”
As a veteran journalist who has labored in newspapers and on Tv set for the earlier a few decades, as perfectly as an Web entrepreneur who started two influential political information and view web-sites, I am deeply disturbed by the distorted media profiles of Christian that have baselessly savaged his character and reworked him from a peacefully provocative scholar activist into some form of dangerous agent provocateur. This is patently untrue and unjust.
I recognize Christian has pled guilty to a single felony cost of “obstructing a federal proceeding.”
I also recognize that Christian did not carry any weapons, touch an officer, or overlook any police requests. I realize he walked in a door that Capitol police opened and then stepped aside. I fully grasp that just after moving into the most important Senate floor, he was explained to by a police officer to depart — and he dutifully complied.
Choose McFadden, I ask that justice be served in Christian’s situation by granting him probation and letting this 24-year-aged to proceed his academic pursuits in liberty as a substitute of continuing to provide as a political scapegoat at the rear of bars. Thank you for looking at this letter of assistance.
Pray for sanity and justice to prevail in this circumstance and so numerous others nevertheless suffering in solitude and silence. End-phase America’s victims are legion.
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