Up coming week, a youthful faculty student will face a federal decide 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 invested much more than a thirty day period in solitary confinement. Feel about that.
In contrast to the weekly parade of repeat violent legal rapists, robbers, pedophiles and murderers across the state with enormous rap sheets who appreciate a no-bail revolving doorway, Christian experienced never, ever been in trouble with the legislation prior to his arrest.
The un-American Office of Injustice has created existence hell for hundreds of peaceful Trump rally contributors — locking them up, throwing absent the essential, harassing their family members, withholding evidence and obliterating their constitutional legal rights to stifle dissent, punish the Democrats’ political enemies and weaponize J6 until kingdom arrive. Don’t get my word for it. A D.C. magistrate overseeing some of the cases, Zia Faruqui, decried the gargantuan prosecutions of just about 900 defendants, including at least two Us residents who were being left to languish in custody just after remaining “lost” for months devoid of scheduled hearings.
“It feels like the authorities has bitten off a lot more than it can chew listed here,” Faruqui complained in March.
Certainly, the vengeful federal beast has an insatiable hunger and bottomless sources to wreck lives. The D.C. witch-hunt prosecutors threw a pile of prices at Christian that made sensational headlines, which includes “assaulting, resisting or impeding officers,” as liberal Nationwide General public Radio reported. Christian pleaded not guilty to all rates in March 2021 but, 14 wearying months later on, entered an agreement to plead responsible to a solitary felony charge of “obstructing a federal continuing.”
In this article is what I wrote to the judge in Christian’s scenario, the Honorable Trevor McFadden, to share what I know about this vibrant young guy as he faces up to 20 many years in prison up coming week.
Dear Decide McFadden,
My identify is Michelle Malkin and I am writing 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 textbooks, campus speaker, and mentor to numerous younger conservative activists across the region for the previous 30 many years.
In November 2019, I initially achieved Christian prior to providing a speech at UCLA sponsored by the Bruin Republicans. I right away found him to be well mannered, witty, and extremely clever. He demonstrated broad and deep information of world affairs. We share similar views as passionate defenders of American sovereignty and unapologetic nationalism. I observed or communicated with Christian quite a few moments concerning the tumble of 2019 and the fall of 2020. He was constructively engaged in pupil activism on campus domestically and in aiding to unite conservative students nationally on immigration and community wellbeing and safety troubles as the pandemic era erupted.
Knowing my adore of the outdoors, Christian despatched me a wonderful mountain and rainbow image from his summer 2020 getaway in flyover nation. He thoughtfully messaged to desire me joyful birthday in October 2020. Four months later on, I realized of his arrest and the surprising 40 days he put in in solitary confinement.
A non-violent college kid with zero criminal document held in isolation for 40 times? This is not the The us my immigrant moms and dads from the Philippines thought they ended up finding when they still left an authoritarian regime that jailed political opponents and punished scholar activists.
Never ever in any of my conversations or interactions with Christian did he ever convey guidance for violence.
In no way in any of my conversations 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 worked in newspapers and on Tv for the past a few decades, as perfectly as an Internet entrepreneur who launched two influential political information and feeling 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 college student activist into some type of harmful agent provocateur. This is patently untrue and unjust.
I realize Christian has pled guilty to one felony charge of “obstructing a federal proceeding.”
I also comprehend that Christian did not provide any weapons, touch an officer, or disregard any law enforcement requests. I realize he walked in a door that Capitol police opened and then stepped aside. I fully grasp that following moving into the major Senate floor, he was informed by a police officer to go away — and he dutifully complied.
Decide McFadden, I ask that justice be served in Christian’s circumstance by granting him probation and letting this 24-calendar year-old to carry on his academic pursuits in liberty rather of continuing to serve as a political scapegoat behind bars. Thank you for looking at this letter of support.
Pray for sanity and justice to prevail in this situation and so a lot of other individuals nevertheless struggling in solitude and silence. Close-phase America’s victims are legion.
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