Rich Paul Sentenced – Full Video + Rich’s Speech

2013_04_20_freerichRich Paul bravely faced down 100 years in prison to stand up for principle and attempt to hasten the demise of the insane war on drugs. Yesterday, Rich was sentenced to one year in county jail, many more suspended in prison, a three year probation, and fines.

At the sentencing hearing the court heard well-researched and passionate speeches from defense attorney Kim Kossick, Rich’s parents, and Rich himself:

You can see raw video below of Kim and Rich’s parents’ speeches as well as a ridiculous beginning portion where judge John C. Kissinger enters the court and immediately threatens the audience regarding cameras. Jason Talley and Pete engage with him regarding the court security’s confiscation of all cell phones only from people attending Rich’s trial. This is a clear violation of the court’s own standing order from head superior court judge Tina Nadeau, but Kissinger just moves the procedure along as though there is no time to deal with people being deprived of their property and rights by court agents. Here’s the full sentencing hearing:

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  1. Rich, I immensely admire your courage and integrity. Your unwillingness to snitch and give up your principles is refreshing in these times.

    Great speech. I think the charge of selling a substance purported to be LSD is some b.s.

    Respect my friend.

  2. I read this morning that after last week’s sentencing, Rich might be transferred to a state prison. I would like to send some FIJA CLE materials that might be useful in his appeal. Should I still be sending them to the Cheshire County D.O.C. address, or should I be holding off on mailing them until he is moved? My experience has been that an inmate’s mail does not follow him as he is transferred around the prison system, and I don’t want this package to end up in the trash.


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