Matthew Bledsoe was charged with a felony (1512(C)(2)) and four misdemeanors for participating in the rally that took place on January 6th. It is worth noting that many believe the 1512 charge to be unfounded and irrelevant to the participants of the event. However, regrettably, the judges and/or jury unjustly acknowledged the validity of this charge and convicted the individuals involved, resulting in several years of imprisonment. This situation highlights the alarming disconnect of these judges from reality and raises concerns about the ability of a politically biased jury, including BLM activists, to deliver a fair and unbiased verdict. The sentencing imposed upon Matthew is truly shameful, and it is heartbreaking to consider the plight of his beloved wife and two young daughters who are now left behind. Judge Howell, an Obama appointee unfortunately did not surprise us when she announced his sentencing (see below). To this day, only two defendants were acquitted.
Please pray for this family and contribute to their fundraiser as they lost their breadwinner. Pray that either a pardon or a good decision from SCOTUS concerning 1512 will shorten his imprisonment dramatically and that he can return to his family and start his life again.
You can read more about Matthew’s case here.
The History of 1512(c)(2) – The Eron Connection
18 U.S.C. §§ 1512(c)(2) (Obstruction of an Official Proceeding) is about evidence tampering (the shredding of documents) and stems from The Sarbanes-Oxley Act which, was drafted by congress in light of the Enron scandal, passed by congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 30, 2002. There already was a law against for example telling someone to shred documents, but there was a need to close a loophole where one couldn’t be charged if they themselves directly shredded the documents.
- obstruction of an official proceeding,
- including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds;
- disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol Building;
- disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading,
- demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building.
- 48 months in prison,
- three years of supervised release,
- $2,000 fine,
- $2,000 restitution.