John Rivello (aka Jew Goldstein) Has Made Bail, But is Ordered to Stay at Dad’s House 24/7 with No Internet Access

John Rivello

I’ve been following the latest developments surrounding the “a gif is now a deadly weapon” case concerning Kurt Eichenwald and the accused John Rivello (aka Jew Goldstein). I’m on record saying this is pretty much a free speech case and that it would set a dangerous precedent if he was convicted. That being said, there will be immense pressure on him to cut a deal, since going through a federal trial (in addition to a state one) and losing is fraught with risk. I have a little bit of experience in this area, unfortunately. It’s usually better to take the offer given the way our system is setup.

Still, I hope to see him fight the charges. His life while on bail is not going to be easy, though. According to recently released court documents, bail was set at $100,000 and Mr. Rivello has been ordered to stay at his father’s house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to that, he is also forbidden to use the internet during his bail period. This is reminiscent of the Gregory Alan Elliott case up north in Canada. He was also denied online access during the lengthy wait between receiving his charge and receiving his trial.

 

Thankfully, Elliott was eventually found not guilty after a trial. Mr. Rivello was originally appointed a public defender by the court, but thanks to money raised for his defense over on Wesearchr, he now has two law firms behind him.

He needs all the help and support he can get right now. There are a lot of powerful forces aligned against him.

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Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • RuralScot

    Kurt Eichenwald is a complete cretin and I hope bad things happen to him.

    • StephaneDumas

      I got the felling then the folks of 4chan might check if he have more hidden skeletons in his closet.

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      • J Enigma32

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  • Botiemaster

    I’m sorry I don’t know that I can back this side of the fence on this issue. I think it’s pretty fucking shitty to send someone a message with a picture in it to try to give them a seizure. Unless someone corrects me, I’m pretty sure that is what happened here, and frankly, as a brother of someone who suffers violent seizures once every 3 months or so like clockwork despite meds, having to witness it happen and the aftermath of broken teeth, bruised eyes, and bloody lips and what not, John Rivello can suck my big fat dick, and Kurt Eichenwald can suck it after John is done and a 20 min break for me.

    With that said, “deadly weapon” is a loaded word to maximize the revenge punishment. I sincerely hope the judge is not going to be fooled. The guy deserves punishment for causing bodily harm, not for any of those loaded charges they sling on people when they can’t get them on one of the main offenses.

    • Dubs Check’em

      Basically this. He did attempt to harm another person. Absolutely shitty thing to do. But they’re making a massive stretch and not taking the obvious accusation by trying to label his method as “using a deadly weapon”. You can kill someone with your fists, with a video game disk, etc. Trying to make “deadly assault .gifs” a thing is just stupid.

      • ExiledV2

        Well, deadly weapon is a term of art. Peanut oil can be a deadly weapon, if you use it against someone with peanut allergies. Deadly weapon in law can basically be construed to “item that can cause serious harm to the victim, up to and including death”.

        Although, I do get amused that everyone thinks deadly assault gifs are silly. Apparently, no one has read the short story “Comp.Basilisk FAQ” by David Langford (http://ansible.uk/writing/c-b-faq.html)

  • Dindu McNothin

    Wait…wait… the (((ACLU))) isn’t rushing to his defense? Shocked! Shocked!

    Just wait until we deploy weaponized gifs of mass destruction.

    • ExiledV2

      No, the ACLU isn’t what he needs here. He needs criminal defense attorneys, not civil rights attorneys.

  • Vuile Jood

    K1k3nwald would have had to click the GIF to make it strobe. That’s like a person handing you a gun and saying “Shoot yourself” and you do it. If this hero gets convicted, I know what side of the hot war I will be on.

    • J Enigma32

      (((((( Powerful Forces )))))) indeed.

  • ExiledV2

    “That being said, there will be immense pressure on him to cut a deal, since going through a federal trial (in addition to a state one) and losing is fraught with risk. I have a little bit of experience in this area, unfortunately. It’s usually better to take the offer given the way our system is setup.”

    Regardless of the situation or person or what you think of this case, people, please heed Ralph’s words on this if you ever find yourselves in a federal criminal situation. Staties, you can fight. Feds…you can get hurt, real bad.

    Just pointing out good advice here. It’s rare to see good advice like that anywhere.

  • ExiledV2

    Regarding “deadly assault GIFs”, I present two old short stories:

    * “Comp.Basilisk FAQ” by David Langford [http://ansible.uk/writing/c-b-faq.html]
    * “BLIT” by David Langford [http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/blit.htm]

  • LePatriote1980

    This is ridiculous abuse the law used to persecute an innocent man. So now liberals can claim to suffer from “epilepsy” and randomly accuse anybody of attempted murder when a message “triggers” them? This is beyond absurd.

  • J Enigma32

    (((Powerful Forces)))