Rich 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:
Over $3,000 has been raised thus far for Rich’s appeal via this fundraiser. Your donations will be matched!
Barring some miracle, Rich is going to be in jail for at least seven months (he’s already sat nearly two, was sentenced to 12, and NH has a 2/3 “good time” rule), so he would really appreciate you writing to him via mail-to-jail.com!