Subsequent week, a young college college student will confront a federal judge in Washington, D.C., at a sentencing listening to over his nonviolent participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol rally. UCLA undergrad Christian Secor was arrested previous February and spent more than a month in solitary confinement. Imagine about that.
Not like the weekly parade of repeat violent legal rapists, robbers, pedophiles and murderers throughout the region with enormous rap sheets who delight in a no-bail revolving doorway, Christian experienced under no circumstances, ever been in hassle with the law just before his arrest.
The un-American Section of Injustice has produced everyday living hell for hundreds of tranquil Trump rally contributors — locking them up, throwing absent the essential, harassing their households, withholding proof and obliterating their constitutional rights to stifle dissent, punish the Democrats’ political enemies and weaponize J6 until kingdom arrive. Don’t acquire my word for it. A D.C. magistrate overseeing some of the circumstances, Zia Faruqui, decried the gargantuan prosecutions of practically 900 defendants, which include at least two People who have been still left to languish in custody soon after staying “lost” for weeks with out scheduled hearings.
“It feels like the authorities has bitten off extra than it can chew here,” Faruqui complained in March.
Indeed, the vengeful federal beast has an insatiable hunger and bottomless resources to wreck life. The D.C. witch-hunt prosecutors threw a pile of fees at Christian that made sensational headlines, such as “assaulting, resisting or impeding officers,” as liberal Nationwide Community Radio described. Christian pleaded not guilty to all fees in March 2021 but, 14 wearying months later on, entered an settlement to plead responsible to a one felony demand of “obstructing a federal proceeding.”
Right here is what I wrote to the judge in Christian’s situation, the Honorable Trevor McFadden, to share what I know about this vivid young man as he faces up to 20 many years in prison future week.
Pricey Judge McFadden,
My name is Michelle Malkin and I am creating on behalf of Christian Secor, whom you will sentence on Oct 19, 2022. I am a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, investigative journalist, writer of 7 books, campus speaker, and mentor to innumerable youthful conservative activists across the place for the past 30 yrs.
In November 2019, I initial met Christian in advance of providing a speech at UCLA sponsored by the Bruin Republicans. I instantaneously identified him to be well mannered, witty, and very clever. He demonstrated wide and deep expertise of environment affairs. We share equivalent perspectives as passionate defenders of American sovereignty and unapologetic nationalism. I noticed or communicated with Christian various periods amongst the fall of 2019 and the tumble of 2020. He was constructively engaged in university student activism on campus domestically and in supporting to unite conservative students nationally on immigration and general public wellbeing and security troubles as the pandemic era erupted.
Figuring out my enjoy of the outdoors, Christian sent me a beautiful mountain and rainbow photo from his summertime 2020 holiday in flyover region. He thoughtfully messaged to want me pleased birthday in October 2020. Four months later on, I figured out of his arrest and the shocking 40 days he expended in solitary confinement.
A non-violent higher education child with zero legal record held in isolation for 40 times? This is not the America my immigrant moms and dads from the Philippines assumed they had been acquiring when they left an authoritarian routine that jailed political opponents and punished student activists.
Hardly ever in any of my conversations or interactions with Christian did he at any time categorical guidance for violence.
In no way in any of my discussions or interactions with Christian did he at any time express 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 past three decades, as nicely as an World-wide-web entrepreneur who launched two influential political news and impression 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 student activist into some sort of unsafe agent provocateur. This is patently untrue and unjust.
I understand Christian has pled responsible to one particular felony cost of “obstructing a federal proceeding.”
I also understand that Christian did not provide any weapons, touch an officer, or dismiss any police requests. I realize he walked in a doorway that Capitol police opened and then stepped aside. I fully grasp that right after moving into the major Senate ground, he was explained to by a law enforcement officer to depart — and he dutifully complied.
Decide McFadden, I check with that justice be served in Christian’s scenario by granting him probation and making it possible for this 24-yr-old to proceed his academic pursuits in freedom in its place of continuing to serve as a political scapegoat at the rear of bars. Thank you for taking into consideration this letter of support.
Pray for sanity and justice to prevail in this situation and so numerous some others nonetheless suffering in solitude and silence. Close-stage America’s victims are legion.
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