21st Century Wire says…
Kokesh to get two years probation…
Political activist and Iraq War veteran Adam Kokesh was sentenced today inside a DC courthouse for his controversial shotgun-wielding message of freedom that was depicted in a July 4th Youtube video at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, DC.
21Wire covered this saga over the course of 2013 and if you remember:
“Back in July, the home of Adam Kokesh was violently ransacked by police using flash bang grenades, and masked swat police outfitted in paramilitary style gear, who entered his home without a warrant. After hours of searching and apparently seizing some of his belongings, Adam was arrested and taken to a detention facility in Fairfax, denied bond, before being transferred to a DC jail – where he’s been held mostly in solitary confinement for the last four months. ”
Kokesh has become a contentious figure and has had his exploits heavily politicized for public consumption over the past couple of years, prompting some to question the validity of his message. Kokesh had been locked up for almost a four-month stint in a DC jail – on Friday the Fallujah and Iraq veteran had this to say about his sentencing:
“I made an error in judgement. I am here because I take responsibility. I will be happy to refrain from civil disobedience.”
Below is the video that led to this firestorm over individual rights…
More from the Washington Post….
Judge sentences Virginia gun-rights advocate, Adam Kokesh, to probation
Keith L. Alexander
Kokesh, 31, spent nearly four months in D.C. jail after his arrest, but was released in November after he pleaded guilty to carrying a rifle or shotgun, possession of an unregistered firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. In a separate case, Kokesh pleaded guilty to marijuana possession.
At his sentencing Friday, Kokesh spoke of his right to protest, but apologized for his actions.
“I protest because I believe it is everyone’s right,” he said, standing next to his attorney. “I made an error in judgement. I am here because I take responsibility. I will be happy to refrain from civil disobedience.”
According to court records, Kokesh posted a video on YouTube showing him holding a 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun and loading what appeared to be live shells while speaking into the camera July 4. Kokesh is then seen racking the slide of the shotgun.
Authorities said the drug charge was the result of a June incident in which police saw Kokesh smoking marijuana near the White House.
The former Marine who spent time in Iraq told the judge he was not a violent person, he just wanted to make a statement. “The only time I was violent was when I was a Marine,” he said.
READ MORE KOKESH NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Kokesh File