Blythe's hearing is set for this Friday
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Times are tough when it comes to the relationship between rock stars, authorities and the law – authorities want to enforce it and rockers want to break them! But the case is not so simple when it comes to Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe and his recent arrest on charges of manslaughter by the Czech Republic.
Blythe was arrested last month on June 27 on charges stemming from a 2010 concert where Daniel Nosek was injured and subsequently died a few days later from injuries sustained to the head. Although Blythe has complied and paid the required amount of bail, he has yet to be released as he is considered a flight risk. Unlike the United States and most other Western nations, paying bail does not imply early release in the Czech nation.
To make matters a bit more complex, fans who attended the show in question have uploaded videos on YouTube that seem to show different angles of the incident – angles at which Blythe was shown not to be directly responsible for pushing Nosek off the stage.
Sources coming from Prague believe that Blythe’s temporary liberty will be decided at a hearing this Friday. If Blythe’s request for an early release is denied, he will most likely remain there until his trial which may not begin until six to twelve months from now.
Friday will mark a month since Blythe’s arrest.
“At that point, the judge has five days to rule, and another five days for it to be written or published to the court,” The Gauntlet reports of the hearing. “The judge’s ruling at this point will be final and unless charges are formally filed, Randy will be free to leave the Czech Republic without condition on bail.”
And if you feel as though the Czech judicial process is a bit unfair, you can sign the White House petition calling on US authorities to act over Randy Blythe’s detention without charge after having posted bail.