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U.S. State Department Responds To Petition Regarding Lamb Of God Frontman’s Manslaughter Charges

Michael Posner, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, has officially commented on this fan-led petition regarding the then imprisonment of Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe.

Posner‘s reply to the petition can be read below:

“We appreciate your inquiry about the case of D. Randall Blythe, who was released from detention in the Czech Republic on August 3, 2012, and returned to the United States shortly thereafter. Mr. Blythe has publicly stated his intention to return to the Czech Republic to face trial for the alleged manslaughter of a Czech man at a concert in 2010. He recently told MTV, ‘It’s the correct thing for me to do … this poor young man’s family deserves some answers.’ Pending Mr. Blythe’s trial, we cannot discuss the details of his case. We are closely monitoring the progress of his trial.

The Department of State noted in its 2011 Human Rights Report that in the Czech Republic, ‘The laws provide for the right to a fair trial, and the independent judiciary generally enforced this right.’ We expect that the Czech government will make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and timely trial for Mr. Blythe, and guarantee full protection of his legal rights under Czech law and his welfare.

If you would like to know more about what the Department of State does for U.S. citizens overseas, please visit our website at www.Travel.State.Gov. General information on U.S. human rights policy is available at”

As was previously reported, Blythe was recently indicted on manslaughter charges in Prague, CZE in regards to the fatal injuries suffered by a 19 year old fan at a 2010 Lamb Of God show. A trial date is pending with Blythe, who is currently out on bail from the charges, planning to attend.


  • Abe

    My guess is that if it was some garbage like Nicky Minaj or Justin Beiber they’d sent a whole fucking plane of diplomats over there, but since it’s some nasty looking heavy metal musician it’s “We gotta let the process play out”

    • KaOaRoN

      I’m ashamed to know that Justin Beiber isn’t an american, he is Canadian. :(

      • Abe

        shows how much I pay attention to that stuff, you just informed me he was.

      • frog

        And Minaj is from Trinidad

    • trd743

      Agree. God forbid Nikki Minaj be in this situation. US government would rollout everything for her dumbass. Best of luck to Randy.

      • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

        The thing is she would never be in this situation, the stage would be too high up, mad security and most importantly ticket policy, not only that but the Labels lawyers, oh contrair the U.S. Government won’t do anything about it.

  • aporia

    Facing charges of manslaughter is a situation I would never want to find myself in, living in the west, but having to face these charges in a nation like the Czech Republic where their democratic and economic transition took place in 1989 is unnerving.

  • Ganglor

    You really think this administration is going to help Randy out after his presidential bid?

    • Lifeseclipse

      I’m sure everyone on both sides felt threatened by his skateboard video campaign announcement.

      • BlueBalls

        If Romney could have ollied 3 inches off the ground, I may have reconsidered my vote.

      • adamonfire

        Romney does enjoy sport.

  • satansbakesale6

    im sure the state department will do all that they can. if this had more media covage then the state department would throught their wieght around. but i hope the best for randy he doing the right thing by face trail and letting the family of the kids get closer on this issue. Randy can be a dick in concerts, and i fell his actions cought up to him. but fuck his taking like a man. so i respect him for that. ps i have seen LAmb of god 9 times love the band but randy can be a dick hopefull he learns for this situation.

  • MyDarkPassenger

    This probably will never go to trial and thats why a halfway sane person is willing to extradite himself to a former Soviet nation to face a serious charge. He’ll pay out the ass to make the family stupid rich in that part of the world and all will be forgotten. This is basically a drawn out cash grab. If some local band pulled this it would never even be looked into without some serious palm greasing. I hope you enjoyed this daily dose of third world cynicism.

  • southpawchew

    The security and venue should be on trial. They are the ones who let it continue but also the aggressiveness of the throws off stage should be taken as an evidence of how strict they where of the rules and that the reason they toss u off is because of the risk of personal injuries. He clearly got thrown off more then once and went back for more. P.s. I never understood crowd surfers who got roughed up by security would keep going back and landing in their area.

  • verse.chorus.breakdown

    Mr. Blythe has publicly stated his intention to return to the Czech Republic to face trial for the alleged manslaughter of a Czech man at a concert in 2010.

    Translation: Mr. Blyth has BALLS and does not need the protection of the U.S. Government (big brother) as he intends to fight his own battles.