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Julian Assange Refuses to be Extradited

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Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange told a British judge that he plans on fighting extradition requests from the United States.

In the first hearing of a battle that’s expected to drag out for months, Assange has made it clear that he will not go down without a fight against the extradition charges placed against him.

The next court date in this process will be on May 30.

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Assange faces charges for conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a government computer.

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This charge comes with a maximum prison sentence of 5.5 years.

Assange was asked if he would agree to surrender to U.S. authorities, a proposition that Assange ended up rejecting.

According to a Washington Times report, Assange told Judge Michael Snow that “I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that’s won many, many awards and affected many people.”

This appearance came the day after he received a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in 2012.

BLP covered Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019, which received praise from establishment political figures across the political spectrum.

On the other hand, independent journalists like Paul Joseph Watson came to Assange’s defense for his valiant efforts to challenge legacy institutions and expose the political class’s corruption.

Assange’s leaks throughout the 2016 campaign season arguably played a substantial role in getting Donald Trump elected.

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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis

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After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”

Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus

Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”

Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.

In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.

With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.

Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.

A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.

This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.

Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.

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