Adam Kokesh Pleads Guilty: His Sentencing Is January 17th

On Wednesday, November 8th, 2013 activist Adam Kokesh was released from jail after pleading guilty to multiple gun charges. The judge stated multiple conditions Kokesh must follow while waiting his January 17th 2014 sentencing: Kokesh must report to authorities on a weekly basis, must not possess weapons of any kind, and is prohibited from entering D.C. except for legal appointments.

Prior to pleading guilty, Kokesh was sitting in a jail cell since the July 9th arrest after posting bail, because a judge ruled that Adam was “too dangerous” and must remain in custody until his sentencing. Now that Kokesh has chosen a guilty plea, with a new attorney at his side, he is now looking at a maximum of up to 7.5 years in prison.

On top of the original charges Kokesh was arrested for, according to court papers obtained by the Washington Post, Assistant US Attorney Natalia Medina alleged that Kokesh tried to sneak a cellphone into jail while in custody. By agreeing to enter a plea deal on Wednesday November 6th, Medina said Kokesh would escape any possibility of being charged over the cellphone allegations.

We evaluated the case against him and the likely outcome and made a judgment that this was the best thing to do,” said Larry Copeland, Kokesh’s attorney. This was the second plea deal offered to Kokesh since his arrest in mid-July.

A message from Kokesh’s Facebook reads, “We will continue using this as a teachable moment to illuminate the nature of government and spread the message of liberty, self-ownership and civil rights.”

US Attorney Ronald C. Machen added a comment of his own, saying Kokesh’s plea is an example that “there are consequences for anyone who flagrantly abuses our city’s firearms and drug laws.”

Peaceful Protests Attracting the Authorities Attention

In May of 2013, Kokesh announced an “Open Carry March On Washington” to take place on Independence Day.  The plan was for a armed march from Virginia into Washington D.C. in defense of the Second Amendment.  Not long after it was announced, Kokesh was arrested at a Philadelphia “smoke-down rally.” He was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting a federal police officer, even though video evidence shows otherwise.

A week later on May 23rd, the day before Kokesh’s release, Kokesh wrote a letter that was published to his “Adam vs. the Man” page changing the scheduled march to all 50 state capitols, instead of merely in Washington D.C.  The establishment’s authority over the individual citizens of which their hierarchical power depends on was now officially being challenged.

In the morning hours, on July 4th 2013, Adam Kokesh arrived in Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C with a shotgun and loaded it on camera.  As he loaded his shotgun, Kokesh said, “We will not be silent; we will not obey; we will not allow our government to destroy our humanity. We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day.”

This footage gained immediate attention and Kokesh met the local news media. Kokesh told one local reporter: “I was here, and I loaded a shotgun on Independence Day, but I didn’t kill anybody. I didn’t drone any children. I didn’t steal any children’s future. I didn’t sell this country into debt. I didn’t do any of the crimes that the man two blocks over at the White House is responsible for.”

The next day, a warrant for the shotgun used was served to Kokesh’s residence.  His front door was kicked-down, a smoke grenade was set in the living room, and a massive number of SWAT police with guns drawn swarmed the residence where the guns and alleged mushrooms were found.

Freedom is not Free

The consent to be governed, or to be a free thinking human being is all a matter of voluntary choice.  The choice is to either submit in the face of the government’s monopoly on the threat of violence, or to stand up against adversity to fight for your natural freedom to live your life as you individually choose.

Kokesh is known to be fearless in his use of freedom of speech to convey the message on the fundamentals of freedom. With Adam’s consistent promotion of civil disobedience protests against government across the country, Kokesh inevitably gained the attention of many followers including the establishment.

While being interviewed by a DC Fox affiliate from jail in July, Kokesh stated intentions on running for president of the United States in 2020 “on the platform of orderly dissolution of the United States government.”

Adam did not threaten violence against anyone, nor did he damage any property; he simply threatened the power and authority of our government.

We all owe Adam Kokesh for setting an example with good intentions our devoted support.  Recognize what is being done to those who speak up against injustice.  Stand with Adam Kokesh and support his rights, just as he has stood for yours.

Eric Barlow

We Are Change


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